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The BigotWhy Prejudice Persists$
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Stephen E Bronner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162516

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162516.001.0001

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Mythological Thinking

Mythological Thinking

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(p.54) Two Mythological Thinking
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The Bigot
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Stephen Eric Bronner

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300162516.003.0002

This chapter examines how the bigot manipulates myths and mythological thinking to serve his material and existential purposes. It argues that myths appeal to the bigot because he can easily adapt them to his self-serving outlook, that he employs stereotypes and double standards to justify his actions, that he resorts to conspiracy fetishism as a substitute for analysis, and that he is always susceptible to fanaticism. It also explains how the bigot's conspiracy fetishism is fueled by paranoia and projection, allowing him to feel justified in doing himself what he believes that the target of his hatred is doing. Finally, the chapter describes how mythological thinking builds the scapegoat into the bigot's conceptual apparatus from the start, this scapegoat being a construct of his prejudice.

Keywords:   bigot, myths, mythological thinking, stereotypes, double standards, conspiracy fetishism, fanaticism, hatred, scapegoat, prejudice

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