Is Anti-Semitism Unique?: Review of Clemens Heni, Antisemitism: A Specific Phenomenon (Berlin: Edition Critic, 2013)
Brandeis Brief (March 2013)
8 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2013
Is Anti-Semitism a discrete, specific and unique phenomenon or merely a particular instance of a broader social pathology such as xenophobia or racism? This question has proven surprisingly controversial among scholars of contemporary anti-Semitism. The latest intervention in this debate has been German political scientist Clemens Heni's massive volume, Antisemitism: A Specific Phenomenon (Berlin: Edition Critic 2013). This review essay places Heni's work in a historical and theoretical perspective, explaining the context, politics and stakes involved in this debate. The essay is part of the author's broader research project on "The Definition of Anti-Semitism," which will culminate in a book-length analysis in 2014.
Keywords: Anti-Semitism, antisemitism, Jewish, Clemens Heni, Judaism, exceptionality, Jewish studies, antisemitism studies
JEL Classification: J70, J71, J78
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