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„Judenkrankheiten“. Eine methodologische Orientierung im Diskursdschungel


Wolff, Eberhard (2019). „Judenkrankheiten“. Eine methodologische Orientierung im Diskursdschungel. Aschkenas, 29(446344093):3-25.

Abstract

The article suggests ways of dealing with the intricate discourse on »Jewish Diseases« from antiquity up to the present – both within and beyond anti-Semitism. Firstly, it presents a four-dimensional model that systemizes the different ways in which the sources talk about the subject. In employing this model the article develops images of Jews and Judaism constructed by them. Sec-ondly, the article distinguishes between a »documenting« and a »deconstructive« way in which the sources are used in the humanities. However, since sources dealing with »Jewish Diseases« are always biased and based on subjective prem-ises, the article pleads for investigating the latter. This even applies to the modern biomedical discourse, for instance on »genetic Jewish Diseases«, which promotes the biologisation and essentialisation of what it means to be Jewish.

Abstract

The article suggests ways of dealing with the intricate discourse on »Jewish Diseases« from antiquity up to the present – both within and beyond anti-Semitism. Firstly, it presents a four-dimensional model that systemizes the different ways in which the sources talk about the subject. In employing this model the article develops images of Jews and Judaism constructed by them. Sec-ondly, the article distinguishes between a »documenting« and a »deconstructive« way in which the sources are used in the humanities. However, since sources dealing with »Jewish Diseases« are always biased and based on subjective prem-ises, the article pleads for investigating the latter. This even applies to the modern biomedical discourse, for instance on »genetic Jewish Diseases«, which promotes the biologisation and essentialisation of what it means to be Jewish.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Language:German
Date:6 June 2019
Deposited On:13 Feb 2020 12:46
Last Modified:07 Jun 2020 00:00
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1865-9438
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/ebi01_prod011461927 (Library Catalogue)

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