9. How People Explain Antisemitism [chapter]

Vibeke Moe
2020 The Shifting Boundaries of Prejudice  
This chapter explores antisemitism in contemporary Norway through an analysis of data from open-ended questions in the population survey Attitudes towards Jews and Muslims in Norway 2017. 1 The chapter investigates the part of the survey that dealt with views on the reasons for negative attitudes towards Jews. By examining the respondents' broad range of explanations, the chapter explores different contexts for antisemitic views in contemporary Norway and possible new forms of expressing such
more » ... titudes beyond the limits of fixed-response questions. The chapter thus contributes to the discussion of the current development of antisemitism and the seeming paradox that while surveys show that antisemitic attitudes are decreasing in the general population, Jews around Europe see antisemitism as a serious and increasing problem. The analysis thus simultaneously explores the Norwegian population's understanding of antisemitism and indicates where the boundaries of what can be said about Jews are drawn. It shows that answers often described antisemitism as something spatially, "ethnically" or historically distant. While few answers expressed classic stereotypes of Jews, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict constitutes a communicative arena where negative views of Jews are more easily tolerated.
doi:10.18261/978-82-15-03468-3-2019-10 fatcat:gvjdbmootzddtkjhubcfwqukpi