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A Sociological Intervention

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The method of sociological intervention was adapted to deal with a sensitive issue such as anti-Semitism. The approach involved bringing together a varying group of young people and social workers from the area for a series of five meetings on the premises of a community centre in a particularly 'difficult' area. From the very first meeting of the group, verbal attacks on Jews were made openly and unrestrainedly, and without any particular prompting from the researchers. The discussion which begin with the war of religions and lead to the emergence of social questions also suggest that religion, beginning with Islam, no longer concentrates all the feelings of injustice and all the hatred which may be focused on the Jews. The reflections of the group in Roubaix provide us with a number of pointers as to the conditions likely to contribute to the decline of anti-Semitism.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Jews; Roubaix; Sociological Intervention



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