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    On academic freedom, provisional whiteness and Antisemitism

    Frosh, Stephen (2023) On academic freedom, provisional whiteness and Antisemitism. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society , ISSN 1088-0763. (In Press)

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    In the furore over Derek Hook’s article White Anxiety and Donald Moss’ On Having Whiteness, an under-reported but important issue is how easily and strongly antisemitism surfaced. Derek Hook is not Jewish but was assumed to be so by some of his abusive critics on the grounds probably that no white person would make the kinds of statements he was alleged to make (themselves of course a distortion of his actual article). Moss is Jewish, which makes it easier for his critics to see him as an adversary; not so much a ‘race traitor’ as a Jew who has relinquished his provisional whiteness. In both cases, one issue amongst the many to do with ‘academic freedom’ is how and why the racialisation of hatred can occur so strongly, often as antisemitism, in the context of psychoanalytic explorations of racism and especially of whiteness.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Antisemitism, whiteness, racism, academic freedom
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2023 12:26
    Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 15:28


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