Political Assassinations by Jews: A Rhetorical Device for Justice

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Social Science - 527 pages
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Ben-Yehuda presents an in-depth inquiry into the nature and patterns of political assassinations and executions by Jews in Palestine and Israel. Extensive empirical evidence is used to analyze the social construction of violent and aggressive human behavior, using a sociology of deviance perspective. Political assassinations and executions are placed within their particular cultural matrix to describe how this specific form of killing has been conceptualized as part of an alternative system of justice.

"The taking of a human life is generally regarded as the ultimate evil. Given this fact, it is important to examine and understand how it is explained, justified, and cloaked in a 'vocabulary of motives.' Such acts are, in the author's words, 'socially constructed and interpreted,' dependent on the observer's location in a specific 'symbolic-moral universe.'Moreover, such acts (political assassination specifically) are manifestations of struggles that represent attempts to legitimate these world-views, rhetorical devices that serve to define 'boundary-markers' between such universes -- moral crusades that attempt to validate one view vis-a-vis another.

This general approach to political assassinations is original. Its application to assassinations by Israelis is original. The fact that the book is empirical marks it off from many speculations on the subject. A number of the author's findings make a distinct contribution.
 

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Contents

Theoretical Orientation Plan of the Book and Main Findings
3
Political Assassinations Theoretical Background
25
Methodology and Research Experience
59
Actual Cases
77
Historical Background
79
Political Assassinations by Jews in the Bible the Sicariis and in Europe
99
Political Assassinations by Jews in Palestine between 18821918
125
Political Assassinations by Jews in Palestine between 19191948
133
Political Assassinations Terror and Tangential Cases
321
Analysis Discussion and Summary
335
General Criminological Parameters and Characteristics of Political Assassination Events
337
Political Assassinations as Rhetorical Devices Patterns Reasons and Interpretations
359
Integrative Summary
413
NOTES
423
APPENDIX
451
BIBLIOGRAPHY
471

Political Assassinations by Jews in Israel between 19491980
275
Political Executions
299

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About the author (1993)

Nachman Ben-Yehuda is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of The Politics and Morality of Deviance: Moral Panics, Drug Abuse, Deviant Science, and Reversed Stigmatization, also published by SUNY Press.

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