Scapegoats: Transferring Blame

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1995-11-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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forms of scapegoating in detail.menon, appearing in all societies at all times in groups large and small, in public and private organizations. InScapegoats,Tom Douglas examines the process of scapegoating, from the perspectives of victims and perpetrators, tracing its development from earliest times as rite of atonement to the modern forms of the avoidance of blame and the victimization of innocents. The theories and explanations which social scientists have evolved to define scapegoating as a form of social behaviour are examined and the processes of its management and resolution are covered in detail. Finally, Douglas analyzes the distinction between the "rational"--deliberate and intentional victimization-- and the "irrational"--response to frustration of unknown or wrongly attributed causes-- forms of scapegoating in detail.

Table of Contents

Ancient Ritualp. 1
Origins Tyndale's Word and Its Continued Usep. 3
Purification and Propitiationp. 13
Sin-Eaters, Whipping Boys and Fall Guysp. 31
Social Behaviourp. 49
Scapegoating as Public Behaviourp. 51
Scapegoating as Social Behaviourp. 70
Victimsp. 85
Theories and Explanationsp. 107
Attempts at Understanding: the Processp. 109
Attempts at Understanding: the Victimp. 135
Managementp. 149
The Management of Scapegoatingp. 153
The Resolution of Scapegoatingp. 170
Rite, Ritual or Survival Strategy?p. 190
Bibliographyp. 204
Indexp. 208
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