The Ideology of Hatred: The Psychic Power of Discourse

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1. In 1989 my first article (with Benny Temkin) focused on the power of hate speech. Benny Temkin and Niza Yanay, “‘I Shoot Them with Words’: An Analysis of Political Hate Letters,” British Journal of Political Science 18 (1989): 467–83.

2. Niza Yanay, “The Meaning of Hatred as Narrative: Two Versions of an Experience,” Journal of Narrative and Life History 5 (1995): 353–68; Niza Yanay, “National Hatred, Female Subjectivity, and the Boundaries of Cultural Discourse,” Symbolic Interaction 19 (1996): 21–36; Niza Yanay, “Understanding Collective Hatred,” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 2 (2002): 1, 53–60; Niza Yanay, “Hatred as Ambivalence,” Theory, Culture and Society 19 (2002): 3, 71–88.

3. Yanay, “Hatred as Ambivalence.”

4. See, for example, Robert Sternberg, ed., The Psychology of Hate (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2005), or Robert Sternberg and Karin Sternberg, The Nature of Hate (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

5. Homi Bhabha claims that the colonial discourse is written at least twice, from the perspective of the colonizers and from that of the colonized. The colonial subject he claims must be thought in the frame of difference. See Homi K. Bhabha, “Editor’s Introduction: Minority Maneuvers and Unsettled Negotiations,” Critical Inquiry 23 (1997): 431–59.

6. In contrast, see Talal Asad’s important work on suicide bombing, which discusses various possibilities and different ways of understanding the phenomenon without justification or blame. Talal Asad, On Suicide Bombing (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007). See also Judith Butler’s discussion of Asad’s book in Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (London: Verso, 2009).

7. Andre Glucksmann’s book Le Discours de la Haine (2004) is perhaps the most extreme one. Andre Glucksmann, Le Discours de la Haine, translated into Hebrew by Avner Lahav (Jerusalem: Carmel Publication, 2008).


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