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The Banality of Anti-Jewish "Hate Crime"

Iganski, Paul (2009) The Banality of Anti-Jewish "Hate Crime". In: Hate Crime Offenders. Hate Crimes . Praeger Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, pp. 137-150. ISBN 978-0-275-99577-5

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Abstract

The problem of incidents against Jews, although acknowledged in the international policy literature, has largely to date escaped the attention of scholars concerned with racist violence and hate crime more generally. Given this lack of attention to the problem this chapter uses police data on anti-Jewish incidents to argue against what has been the accepted wisdom in the policy literature that many incidents are committed by 'extremists' of one political shade or another. In taking the accepted wisdom to task the chapter argues that many anti-Jewish incidents are committed by 'ordinary' people in the context of their 'everyday' lives. It concludes that much anti-Jewish hate crime is an indicator of the banality of antisemitism, in that many offenders are not prompted by a particular ideological conviction or volition, but instead unthinkingly manifest a common-sense antisemitism.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antisemitism ; banality ; anti-Jewish hate crime
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 56410
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2012 10:36
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 14:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56410

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