ANTI-SEMITISM AND PROGRESSIVE ERA SOCIAL SCIENCE: THE CASE OF JOHN R. COMMONS.

Luca Fiorito, Cosma Orsi

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This paper explores John Commons’s views toward Jews in order to assess whetherhis published writings contain assertions that today would be stigmatized as anti-Semitic. The evidence we provide shows that Commons’s racial characterization ofJews was framed within a broad and indiscriminate xenophobic framework. Withother leading Progressive Era social scientists, in fact, Commons shared the ideathat the new immigration from eastern and southern Europe would increase competitionin the labor market, drive down wages, and lead Anglo-Saxon men andwomen to have fewer children, since they would not want them to compete with thosewho survive on less. Within this general xenophobic context, Commons developedassertions regarding immigrant Jews that show traces of explicit anti-Semiticaccusations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-80
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of the History of Economic Thought
Volume38
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Progressive Era
Jews
John R. Commons
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Antisemitism
Labour market
Wages
Eastern Europe
Immigration
Immigrants
Labour Market
Anglo-Saxon

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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ANTI-SEMITISM AND PROGRESSIVE ERA SOCIAL SCIENCE: THE CASE OF JOHN R. COMMONS. / Fiorito, Luca; Orsi, Cosma.

In: Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 38, 2016, p. 55-80.

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