Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism

Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism

by Kevin MacDonald

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Overview

MacDonald develops a theory of anti-Semitism based on an evolutionary interpretation of social identity theory. Historical examples of anti-Semitism are analyzed as scientifically comprehensible gentile responses to a distinctive, segregated group. Anti-Semitism has historically been exacerbated by resource competition between Jews and gentiles. Jews have engaged in a wide range of strategies to try to combat it. These strategies include: crypsis, political activity, writing religious and intellectual apologia directed at both ingroup and outgroup members, and engaging in self-deception regarding both the nature of Judaism and gentile responses to Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410792617
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 11/12/2003
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 40,874
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

KEVIN MACDONALD is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Among Professor MacDonald's earlier publications is the companion study, A People that Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy (Praeger, 1994).

Table of Contents

Preface vii
CHAPTER 1 A SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY OF ANTI-SEMITISM
1(26)
CHAPTER 2 THEMES OF ANTI-SEMITISM
27(62)
CHAPTER 3 REACTIVE ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE LATE ROMAN EMPIRE
89(26)
CHAPTER 4 REACTIVE ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD
115(18)
CHAPTER 5 NATIONAL SOCIALISM AS AN ANTI-JEWISH GROUP EVOLUTIONARY STRATEGY
133(44)
CHAPTER 6 JEWISH STRATEGIES FOR COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM
177(30)
CHAPTER 7 RATIONALIZATION AND APOLOGIA: THE INTELLECTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF JUDAISM
207(40)
CHAPTER 8 SELF-DECEPTION AS AN ASPECT OF JUDAISM AS A GROUP EVOLUTIONARY STRATEGY
247(16)
CHAPTER 9 IS DIASPORA JUDAISM CEASING TO BE AN EVOLUTIONARY STRATEGY?
263(16)
Bibliography 279(34)
Index 313

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