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Modern antisemitism and the modern discipline of sociology not only emerged in the same period, butâantagonism and hostility between the two discourses notwithstandingâalso overlapped and complemented each other. Sociology emerged in a society where modernization was often perceived as destroying unity and âsocial cohesion.â Antisemitism was likewise a response to the modern age, offering in its vilifications of âthe Jewâ an explanation of societyâs deficiencies and crises.
Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology is a collection of essays providing a comparative analysis of modern antisemitism and the rise of sociology. This volume addresses three key areas: the strong influence of writers of Jewish background and the rising tide of antisemitism on the formation of sociology; the role of antisemitism in the historical development of sociology through its treatment by leading figures in the field, such as Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, and Theodor W. Adorno; and the disciplineâs development in the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust. Together the essays provide a fresh perspective on the history of sociology and the role that antisemitism, Jews, fascism, and the Holocaust played in shaping modern social theory.