The social psychology of contemporary antisemitism

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This article focuses upon the social psychological aspects of antisemitism. Empirical research into three forms of antisemitism is reviewed through the lens of social psychological theories of social representation, intergroup relations and identity processes. Across research, perceived threat from Jews and Israel is a recurrent theme. The proposed integrative model suggests that negative social representations of Jews and Israel that accentuate intergroup threat can in turn have implications for identity processes at an individual level, mainly by curtailing feels of self-esteem, self-efficacy, continuity and distinctiveness. Identity threat can lead the individual to react defensively by engaging in antisemitism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-51
Number of pages21
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2023


  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • anti-Zionism
  • identity
  • social representations
  • Israel
  • threat
  • Antisemitism


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