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Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers
The Roots of Prejudice in Modern Germany
Jerome S. Legge Jr.


Exploring the persistence of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Germany today


Scholarly, objective, insightful, and analytical, Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers studies the causes of prejudice against Jews, foreign workers, refugees, and emigrant Germans in contemporary Germany. Using survey material and quantitative analyses, Legge convincingly challenges the notion that German xenophobia is rooted in economic causes. Instead, he sees a more complex foundation for German prejudice, particularly in a reunified Germany where perceptions of the "other" sometimes vary widely between east and west, a product of a traditional racism rooted in the German past. By clarifying the foundations of xenophobia in a new German state, Legge offers a clear and disturbing picture of a conflicted country and a prejudice that not only affects Jews but also fuels a larger, anti-foreign sentiment.

"A well-written analysis of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in contemporary Germany, presenting findings that challenge prevalent stereotypes."
—Chaim I. Waxman, Rutgers University

Jerome S. Legge Jr. is professor and associate dean of the School of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Georgia.


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August 2003
LC: 2002010452 DD
224 pp. 6 x 9
24 tables, 8 figures, 2 appendices

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