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

Luca Fiorito, Cosma Orsi

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Abstract

This paper explores John Commons’s views toward Jews in order to assess whether his published writings contain assertions that today would be stigmatized as anti- Semitic. The evidence we provide shows that Commons’s racial characterization of Jews was framed within a broad and indiscriminate xenophobic framework. With other leading Progressive Era social scientists, in fact, Commons shared the idea that the new immigration from eastern and southern Europe would increase competition in the labor market, drive down wages, and lead Anglo-Saxon men and women to have fewer children, since they would not want them to compete with those who survive on less. Within this general xenophobic context, Commons developed assertions regarding immigrant Jews that show traces of explicit anti-Semitic accusations.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)55-80
Numero di pagine26
RivistaJournal of the History of Economic Thought
Volume38
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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

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

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