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Scapegoats : Transferring Blame - Tom Douglas


Transferring Blame

Hardcover Published: 15th November 1995
ISBN: 9780415110181
Number Of Pages: 224

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Scapegoats are a universal phenomenon, appearing in all societies at all times in groups large and small, in public and private organizations. Hardly a week passes without some media reference to someone or something being made a scapegoat. Tom Douglas examines the process of scapegoating from the perspectives of victims and perpetrators, tracing its development from earliest times as rite of atonement to the modern forms of the avoidance of blame and the victimisation of innocents. The differences and similarities between the ancient and modern forms are examined to reveal that despite the modern logical explanations of behaviour, the mystical element in the form of superstition is still evident.
Directly responding to the Diploma in Social Work's call for texts on anti-discriminatory practice Scapegoats should become essential reading for all social workers in training and practice. Will also be a invaluable resource for all professionals engaging in groupwork and group workers in training.

Ancient Ritualp. 1
Origins Tyndale's Word and Its Continued Usep. 3
Purification and Propitiationp. 13
Sin-Eaters, Whipping Boys and Fall Guysp. 31
Social Behaviourp. 49
Scapegoating as Public Behaviourp. 51
Scapegoating as Social Behaviourp. 70
Victimsp. 85
Theories and Explanationsp. 107
Attempts at Understanding: the Processp. 109
Attempts at Understanding: the Victimp. 135
Managementp. 149
The Management of Scapegoatingp. 153
The Resolution of Scapegoatingp. 170
Rite, Ritual or Survival Strategy?p. 190
Bibliographyp. 204
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780415110181
ISBN-10: 0415110181
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th November 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1

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