Since the beginning of the 21st century France has seen the return of anti-Semitism with attacks, desecration of cemeteries, insults, and threats. This book is the outcome of a survey carried out by Michel Wieviorka along with a dozen sociologists. He examines different tracks: the possible links between anti-Semitism and the presence of a considerable Muslim population in France, the hypothesis of a meeting between Islamism and the anti-Semitic extreme left, as well as the hypothesis whereby the rise of anti-Semitism is connected with the evolution of the Jewish population in France which is increasingly attracted by a community-oriented way of life.
This book demonstrates that present-day anti-Semitism owes as much to factors internal to French society (the social, institutional, and political crisis) as it does to the projection of global issues on French soil, in particular those which originate in the Middle East. He demonstrates that this phenomenon has novel aspects, but its more classical features are also borne in mind. This rigorous and objective book is the first scientific study of present-day French anti-Semitism.
Michel Wieviorka, Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and President of the International Sociological Association. He has published in particular on racism (
The Arena of Racism, 1995) and on terrorism (
The Making of Terrorism, 2003).
Table of contents
PART ONE BACKGROUND
1. What Do the Statistics Tell Us?
2. In Schools
3. Changes in the Public Sphere
4. The Shoah: Deficit, Plethora and Loss of Meaning
5. Global Anti-Semitism
6. The Jews in France: Developments and Concerns
PART TWO GHETTO ANTI-SEMITISM
7. Anti-Semitism (almost) without Jews
8. The Power of the Imagination
9. A Sociological Intervention
10. Muslim Anti-Semitism: The View from Prison
PART THREE ANTI-SEMITISM AND COMMUNITIES
11. The Jews, the ChaldoAssyrians and the Others
12. Anti-Semitism at Local Level
13. An Unusual Variant of ‘Global’ Anti-Semitism
14. “Why There Were No Clashes in Sarcelles”
15. The Marseilles Counterpoint: The
Pieds-noirs and the Jews
PART FOUR IN ALSACE
16. The Fears of the Jews in Alsace
17. Malaise in the Alsatian Countryside
18. Two Extreme Right Political Forces, Two Anti-Semitic Rationales
19. Mohammed Latrèche and the
Parti des musulmans de France 20. Desecrations
PART FIVE IN THE UNIVERSITIES
21. Boycotting Israel
22. Two Extreme Cases of Anti-Zionism
23. Leftism in Decline and Extreme Anti-Zionism
PART SIX ANTI-SEMITISM: A QUESTION IN SCHOOLS?
24. The Clamour of the Media and the Silence of the Teachers
25. Dealing with the Shoah in Schools
26. Ethnic Diversity in Schools
27. Abuse and Attacks
28. Anti-Semitism in Schools and Globalisation
Scholars and students of contemporary Jewry, anti-Semitism, as well as sociologists.