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The nature of hate

The nature of hate

Prof. Ruth Wodak

Before we turn to explore the specific form of hate that targets Jews and Judaism, let’s ask ourselves the following questions:

Why do people hate? How is hate triggered? Is it innate or learned?


  • Allport, Gordon W., The Nature of Prejudice (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1958).
  • Levin, Jack and Gordana Rabrenovic, Why we Hate (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2008).
  • Sternberg, Robert J. and Karin Sternberg, The Nature of Hate (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • Waller, James, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Murder (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).
  • Wodak, Ruth, “Prejudice, Racism, and Discourse,” in Anton Pelinka, Karin Bischof and Karin Stögner, eds., Handbook of Prejudice (Amherst, N.Y.: Cambria Press, 2009), pp. 409 – 443.
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