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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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Hunting Jews

Hunting Jews

(p.120) Chapter 11 Hunting Jews

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the hunt for Jews. In the course of their history, hunts for Jews went schematically through three major mutations: hunts by mobs, then hunts by states; religious hunts, then racist hunts; murderous hunts, then genocidal hunts. At the dawn of the twentieth century, the new strategic project of extreme right-wing movements was to mobilize anti-Semitic hunting against the existing state apparatuses, to intensify the power of political subversion exercised by such hunting packs and to turn around what had long functioned as a safety belt for state authority to make it a means of seizing state power. But if their strategy later proved to be historically capable of attracting a crucial fraction of the dominant social strata, that was also because in doing so its function of diverting social antagonisms did not disappear: it smothered the class struggle by means of race war, even at the price of destroying the old forms of state power.

Keywords:   Jews, persecution, anti-Semitism, manhunting, manhunts, state power, right-wing movements

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