The Bigot

The Bigot

Why Prejudice Persists

Book - 2014
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"Stephen Eric Bronner is a prolific author, activist, and one of America's leading political thinkers. His new book presents bigotry as a systematic, all-encompassing mindset that has a special affinity for right-wing movements. In what will surely prove a seminal study, Bronner explores its appeal, the self-image it justifies, the interests it serves, and its complex connection with modernity. He reveals how prejudice shapes the conspiratorial and paranoid worldview of the true believer, the elitist, and the chauvinist. In the process, it becomes apparent how the bigot hides behind mainstream conservative labels in order to support policies designed to disadvantage the targets of his contempt. Examining bigotry in its various dimensions-anthropological, historical, psychological, sociological, and political-Professor Bronner illustrates how the bigot's intense hatred of "the other" is a direct reaction to social progress, liberal values, secularism, and an increasingly complex and diverse world. A sobering look at the bigot in the twenty-first century, this volume is essential for making sense of the dangers facing democracy now and in the future"--
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780300162516
0300162510
Branch Call Number: HM1091 .B76 2014
Characteristics: ix, 235 pages ; 22 cm

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stewstealth
Sep 02, 2015

This essay by the author does not provide any new insight nor does it offer any nuance with respect to bigotry. There is no attempt to probe bigotry at any psychological or evolutionary or other scientific basis. There is nothing significant that the author claims that is hard to agree with ( though there are many declarative statements without annotated research) however I find his conclusions too simplified. The fourth chapter clearly shows where the author's biases lie. If the subtitle to this book was not included, there would be no problem with his essay. I have no doubt that some people will love this book, however, it is not a scientific look at the problems or causes of prejudice. Worth reading if you are interested.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Dec 24, 2014

This is an exceptional book. It explains the bigotry around us. Opens our eyes to what is going on around us and explains why feel people are threatened by others.
The description given accurately describes what the book is about.
Glad I read it and is reading it again. This is an excellent piece of work.
Seelochan Beharry

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