- Introduction to the Transaction edition
- Book title
- The social roots of discrimination: The case of the Jews
- Number of pages
- Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
The classical serendipity dream is that you find unexpectedly along the road a gold treasure. For scientific researchers, the analogue is that you find a totally forgotten and overlooked publication that is of the highest quality. The Social Roots of Discrimination is just such a work. Written by the late Peretz Bernstein, it was first published as Antisemitismus als eine Gruppenerscheinung (1926) by Fritz Bernstein. The first English translation was titled Jew-Hate as a Sociological Problem (1951).
I will start with a few biographical facts. Then I will consider the experiences of the book from 1926 up to now. In the second section I will describe the contents of the book and in the third section I will try to place it in the world of today.
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