Can Anti-Semitism Be Measured?
IN AN AGE when sociological scrutiny seems to extend into the most obscure corners of our experience, it may come as a surprise to learn that the phenomenon of anti-Semitism-one of the more enduring of social phenomena and, needless to say, one of special significance in our own time-has received scant attention from American social scientists. The apathy of the sociologists has been matched by the indifference of the great foundations, whose general view has been that anti-Semitism is (or should be) a parochial concern. Be that as it may, it is to the American Jewish organizations that we are indebted for whatever studies of consequence exist. The latest studies, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, have appeared in a series called “Patterns of American Prejudice,” undertaken in conjunction with the Survey Research Center of the University of California at Berkeley.
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