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Dialectic of solidarity; labor, antisemitism, and the Frankfurt School.


Dialectic of solidarity; labor, antisemitism, and the Frankfurt School.

Worrell, Mark P.



347 pages



Studies in critical social sciences; v.11


Working with unpublished wartime research reports written by the Institute of Social Research (a.k.a. the Frankfurt School), Worrell (sociology, State U. of New York at Cortland) conducts a socio- historical analysis of American working-class consciousness during World War II, focusing in particular on the question of worker attitudes towards ideologies of authoritarian anti-Semitism. The Frankfurt School research involved asking 566 workers open-ended questions about what they thought of the Jews and the Nazi anti-Semitic project, allowing Worrell to analyze such issues as whether Jews were seen as fellow workers or as the personification of capital; the effect of union membership on worker attitudes; the relationship between labor anti-Semitism and working class conceptions of work, authority, and the nature of group solidarity; the influence of wages and occupational statuses on prejudice; the relationship between religious beliefs and anti-Semitism; the political function of anti-Semitic propaganda; and comparative European and American forms of anti-Semitism.

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Title Annotation:Studies in critical social sciences
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Date:Feb 1, 2009
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