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The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism

The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism (2015)

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At a time when there is an evident socio-economic, political and cultural structural shift in the processes and practices associated with contemporary manifestations of antisemitism globally, it is important to explore its origins and examine whether the circumstances of its genesis can shed light on its longevity and adaptability. Few scholars are more qualified to undertake such a task than the authors of this volume, who have done so much to develop and advance the discipline of generative anthropology. In this study their groundbreaking hypothesis on the singular event that gave rise to human language and by extension human culture finds a fascinating parallel in the Jewish people’s discovery/invention of monotheism, giving rise to historical resentments and hostility. The volume will be of interest to scholars working in the field of anti-discrimination and antisemitism, as well as human rights scholars and cultural historians in general.


Foreword, Charles Asher Small;

Preface, Eric Gans and Adam Katz;

Introduction, Eric Gans;

Chapter 1: Gangsters and Jews, Eric Gans;

Chapter 2: Antisemitism: White and Black, Eric Gans;

Chapter 3: Antisemitism and Market Phobia, Eric Gans;

Chapter 4: The Persistence of Antisemitism, Eric Gans;

Chapter 5: Antisemitism from a Judeocentric Perspective, Eric Gans;

Chapter 6: Antisemitism and the Victimary Era, Adam Katz;

Chapter 7: The Jewish Barber, Eric Gans;

Chapter 8: How to Write about the Holocaust, Eric Gans;

Chapter 9: Jewish Firstness I: Until the Holocaust, Eric Gans;

Chapter 10: Jewish Firstness II: The Postmodern Era, Eric Gans;

Chapter 11: Mediating Antisemitism, Adam Katz;

Chapter 12: Antisemitism: The Fatal Paradox, Eric Gans;

Chapter 13: Antisemitism: From Paradox to BS, Eric Gans;

Chapter 14: The End of Antisemitism?, Eric Gans;

Chapter 15: Christian and Jew at the Origin, Eric Gans;

Chapter 16: Abraham’s Three Firsts, Eric Gans;

Chapter 17: Christian Monism, Hebrew Dualism, Eric Gans;

Chapter 18: The Name of God, Eric Gans;

Chapter 19: Judaism as Antagonist, Protagonist, and Theory, Adam Katz;

Conclusion, Adam Katz;

Afterword, Adam Katz and Eric Gans