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Modernity and the Jews in Western Social Thought

Chad Alan Goldberg


In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, prominent social thinkers in France, Germany, and the United States sought to understand the modern world taking shape around them. Although they worked in different national traditions, emphasized different features of modern society, and disagreed about whether Jews were synonymous with or antithetical to those features, they repeatedly invoked the Jews as a touchstone for defining modernity and national identity. In France, Émile Durkheim challenged antisemitic depictions of Jews as agents of revolutionary subversion or counterrevolution ... More

Keywords: modernity, Jews, Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Werner Sombart, Max Weber, William Thomas, Robert Park

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226460413
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226460697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad Alan Goldberg, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison