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Decoding Antisemitism

A Guide to Identifying Antisemitism Online

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Combines cutting-edge research from the fields of applied linguistics, semiotics and antisemitism studies
  • Adds a qualitative element to existing quantitative analyses of antisemitism
  • Presents a new framework for identifying antisemitism online
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Part of the book series: Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse (PSDS)

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About this book

This open access book is the first comprehensive guide to identifying antisemitism online today, in both its explicit and implicit (or coded) forms. Developed through years of on-the-ground analysis of over 100,000 authentic comments posted by social media users in the UK, France, Germany and beyond, the book introduces and explains the central historical, conceptual and linguistic-semiotic elements of 46 antisemitic concepts, stereotypes and speech acts. The guide was assembled by researchers working on the Decoding Antisemitism project at the Centre for Research on Antisemitism at Technische Universität Berlin, building on existing basic definitions of antisemitism, and drawing on expertise in various fields. Using authentic examples taken from social media over the past four years, it sets out a pioneering step-by-step approach to identifying and categorising antisemitic content, providing guidance on how to recognise a statement as antisemitic or not. This book will be an invaluable tool through which researchers, students, practitioners and social media moderators can learn to recognise contemporary antisemitism online – and the structural aspects of hate speech more generally – in all its breadth and diversity.

Keywords

  • antisemitism
  • anti-Semitism
  • hate speech
  • stereotypes
  • internet studies
  • qualitative analysis
  • Open Access

Reviews

“This book provides outstanding guidance for deciphering the antisemitic codes and communication patterns that have spread in unprecedented fashion throughout the social media era. Not only academic researchers, but particularly those working in the educational sector will benefit immensely from what will become a standard work in the field.”

- Dr Juliane Wetzel, Centre for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at TU Berlin

“Decoding Antisemitism is an essential resource to specialists who seek to understand the dynamics by which antisemitism is spread in online forums. In addition to providing a necessary understanding of terms, each section of the book provides a more detailed, nuanced, and insightful understanding of how manifestations of antisemitism manifest and then morph in the online sphere. It is a remarkable achievement.”

-Dr Robert J. Williams, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation; Advisor, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, USA

“Recognising antisemitism in all its various forms is the first step to tackling it. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the proliferation of antisemitism online today.”

-Baroness Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Germany

“Antisemitism is more widespread and acceptable, but increasingly ‘coded,’ reply the editors to their question ‘Why is such a guidebook needed?’ They mean that new communicative conditions allow antisemitism to be promoted in ways which are not obvious to the non-experts, and tackling internet-age antisemitism requires different tools from those used previously. This book successfully aims to equip researchers with the essential tools for conducting systematic qualitative analysis in the detection of online antisemitism.”

-Michael Whine, UK Member, ECRI at the Council of Europe, and Chairman of the Working Group on Antisemitism, UK

“Antisemitism is the chameleon of racism. It changes its appearance with each new epoch. This new work cleverly uncovers the layers of deception in an age of ‘alternative facts.’ It is an unrivalled guide to the hidden racism of our times.”

-Colin Shindler, Emeritus Professor, SOAS, University of London, UK

“Decoding Antisemitism does essential work explaining the complex and nuanced language of contemporary antisemitism, and identifying the ways that this harmful discourse manifests online. This book will be a valuable guide to anybody seeking to understand and track this ever-changing phenomenon.”

-Dr. Dave Rich, Head of Policy at the Community Security Trust, Author of Everyday Hate: How antisemitism is built into our world and how you can change it (2023) and The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism (2016 & 2018).

Editors and Affiliations

  • Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Matthias J Becker

  • Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Hagen Troschke, Matthew Bolton, Alexis Chapelan

About the editors

Matthias J. Becker, a cognitive linguist, leads the Decoding Antisemitism research project as its inventor and head.

Hagen Troschke is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on current developments of antisemitism.

Matthew Bolton is Co-Lead on the UK team of the “Decoding Antisemitism” project. He is the co-author of Corbynism: A Critical Approach (2018).

Alexis Chapelan is a PhD candidate at the EHESS in Paris and the University of Bucharest with a focus on the history of political ideologies, extremism and conspiracy theories.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Decoding Antisemitism

  • Book Subtitle: A Guide to Identifying Antisemitism Online

  • Editors: Matthias J Becker, Hagen Troschke, Matthew Bolton, Alexis Chapelan

  • Series Title: Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-49237-2Due: 29 May 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-49240-2Due: 29 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-49238-9Due: 29 May 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2946-5990

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-6008

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 567

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will ship your order when it is published on 29 May 2024.
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