Antisemitism and the constitution of sociology by Marcel Stoetzler

By Marcel Stoetzler

Modern antisemitism and the fashionable self-discipline of sociology not just emerged within the comparable interval, but—antagonism and hostility among the 2 discourses notwithstanding—also overlapped and complemented one another. Sociology emerged in a society the place modernization was once frequently perceived as destroying team spirit and “social cohesion.” Antisemitism used to be likewise a reaction to the fashionable age, providing in its vilifications of “the Jew” a proof of society’s deficiencies and crises.
Antisemitism and the structure of Sociology is a suite of essays delivering a comparative research of contemporary antisemitism and the increase of sociology. This quantity addresses 3 key components: the robust impression of writers of Jewish history and the emerging tide of antisemitism at the formation of sociology; the function of antisemitism within the old improvement of sociology via its remedy through prime figures within the box, resembling Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, and Theodor W. Adorno; and the discipline’s improvement within the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust. jointly the essays supply a clean standpoint at the heritage of sociology and the position that antisemitism, Jews, fascism, and the Holocaust performed in shaping smooth social theory.

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The conference itself, the research for my own contribution, and the first stages of the editing of this volume were made possible by a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester from 2006 to 2009. I also would like to thank the editors of Patterns of Prejudice, who invited me to edit a special issue on the subject (2010, containing earlier versions of the chapters by Bodemann, Morris-Reich, and myself in the present volume, as well as an excellent paper on antisemitism and sociology in Hungary by Kati Vörös), and Vic Seidler, with whom I first discussed this project during my fellowship at Goldsmiths College in 2004– 5.

All of this suggests that European sociology emerged not only alongside of and within the same milieu as nineteenth- century European antisemitism but also in relation to it. This would mean that the ideas of European sociology and antisemitism were not only responses to the same revolutions; they were also responses to each other. This chapter investigates the relationship between European sociology and nineteenth-century European antisemitism through a case study of one sociologist, Émile Durkheim, in a single country, France.

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