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The Temptation to Forget: Racism, Anti-Semitism, Neo-Nazism

The Temptation to Forget: Racism, Anti-Semitism, Neo-Nazism

by Franco FerrarottiFranco Ferrarotti


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We are nothing in an absolute sense. We are only what we have been-more exactly, what we remember we were. So begins the latest book by one of Europe's most influential modern sociologists, Franco Ferrarotti. In The Temptation to Forget, Ferrarotti examines how many in the waning years of the 20th century are attempting to forget or reinvent history to serve the purposes of ethnic, racial, or religious separation.

Ferrarotti focuses on anti-Semitism and its re-emergence among the Skinheads of the 1980s to draw parallels to how the Holocaust has been reinterpreted/forgotten, and to analyze the implications of this for relations with other ethnic, racial, and religious minorities. Ethnic cleansing may be a new term, but, as Ferrarotti illustrates, it has a long heritage in thought and action. This book will make for provocative reading among professional sociologists and students of contemporary social issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313294433
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1994
Series: Controversies in Science Series , #11
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

FRANCO FERRAROTTI is Professor of Sociology at the University of Rome. The author of numerous books and articles, his work is widely available in English as well as Italian.

Table of Contents

Carpentras: The Attack on Memory

The Moral Imperative of Remembrance

The Two Thirty Years' Wars

The Charismatic Leader and the Significance of the Enemy

The Jew as "Hostis": The Enemy Par Excellence, the 'Diverse' to Exterminate

The Myth of Aryan Eurocentrism

The Responsibilities of Europe and Its Possible Redemption

The Ambiguous Role of Intellectual Avant-Gardes

Race, the Tabu Word

Man Is a Memory and a Project for Man

The Holocaust as a Problem of Mankind

Races and Cultures

Races: Not To Be Confused with Cultures

Beyond Racism: For the Victims, But Also for the Racists

Multicultural Society: Hypotheses and Prospects

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