The Social Sciences

James E. Waller

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211869
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Social Sciences

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This article explores the impact of the Holocaust on subsequent social scientific research and the contribution of social scientific research to understanding the Holocaust and its aftereffects. The principal disciplines involved in this analysis are psychology, sociology, anthropology (particularly social and cultural anthropology), political science, and economics. Although some subfields of history deploy quantitative and qualitative methodologies similar to those of the social sciences, the emphasis here is on disciplinary and interdisciplinary work that seeks to go beyond the minutiae of thick description (‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, and ‘where’) to arrive at formulations of explanation and understanding (‘why’ and ‘how’) that reach beyond individual cases, i.e., that claim to know a little less and understand a little more.

Keywords: social scientific research; political science; economics; anthropology; psychology

Article.  5224 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Sociology of Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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