Connecting the “Others”: White Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Views in America

Joseph Gerteis, Nir Rotem

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Drawing from recent work on “otherness” and social boundaries in America, we investigate anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish opinion among white Americans. After outlining the logic of the comparison, we use nationally representative data to analyze these forms of othering. Although anti-Muslim opinion is more extensive, the two track together empirically and share a cultural logic as connected forms of ethno-religious boundary-making. Latent class analysis shows that anti-Semitism is nested within anti-Muslim attitudes, with political and religious identifications as consistent predictors of opinion. We conclude with a reflection on politicized boundary-making and the relationship between extreme and mainstream views of the “other.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-164
Number of pages21
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data collection was supported by the Edelstein Family Foundation and the National Science Foundation [grant numbers 1258926, 1258933].

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  • Anti-Semitism
  • Islamophobia
  • boundaries
  • citizenship
  • political culture


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