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Building the body of the nation : Lombroso's "L'antisemitismo" and fin-de-siècle Italy.

Forgacs, David

Jewish Culture and History 6,1 (2003) 96-110 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Building the body of the nation : Lombroso's "L'antisemitismo" and fin-de-siècle Italy.
  • Autore: Forgacs, David
  • Descrizione: Cesare Lombroso, notorious exponent of theories of atavism and degeneration, published a pamphlet in 1894 on anti-semitism whose stated aim was to rebut contemporary arguments that Jews too were a degenerate subcategory of humans. The Jews, he wrote, were not a distinct racial group but manifested a great diversity of physical characteristics. His essay, however, not only omitted to mention that he himself was Jewish; it also met the arguments of anti-semitism halfway: 'the character of the persecuted themselves certainly contributed to the persecution'. This article situates the essay in the context of Lombroso's work in criminal psychology and legal medicine, his strong identification with a progressive idea of the Italian state and the situation of Jews after emancipation in united Italy. Adapted from the source document.
  • Fa parte di: Jewish Culture and History 6,1 (2003) 96-110
  • Soggetti: Lombroso, Cesare, 1835-1909. L'antisemitismo e le scienze moderne; Antisemitism -- Philosophy; Self-hate (Psychology); Jews -- Identity
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 1462-169X

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