Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Psychology and Antisemitism

  • Noach Milgram
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_23


One of the earliest books on Antisemitism in the twentieth century came from James Parkes (1946). In chapter, The Psychology and Sociology of Antisemitism, he highlights the worldwide antipathy of majorities to discriminate against the minorities that dwell within their borders (e.g., the Roma in Europe, the Chinese in Thailand, Beduins and Christians in Arab countries, Hindus in Sri Lanka, the Nisei on the West Coast of the United States, the aborigines people of Japan, Australia and elsewhere). He strongly identified with Jewish suffering and supported Jewish claims for a national homeland in Palestine over Palestinian counter claims as answering the greater need of the Jews and inflicting the lesser hardship on the Palestinians. He indicted antisemitism as an enemy of the people and gave this title to his classic book on the topic (Parkes 1946). He suggested that this enemy could be fought, not by making antisemitic propaganda illegal, but by pressuring the Christian churches to rectify their biased presentation of Judaism to their congregants, and by bringing together representatives of the Jewish and the Christian communities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Graduate StudiesAriel University Center of SamariaArielIsrael