Goldhagen Effect – Appropriating the Unclaimed Voice for Popular Attention

Dominick LaCapra’s descriptions of Holdhagen’s work parallel my fears about how many Americans ascribe motivations to undocumented immigrants.

Ruth Bettina Birn: We hear only Holhagen’s voice (LaCapra 120).


Birn: we don’t have sufficient data on the perpetrator’s to accurately describe their “thick” lives (LaCapra 119)


Legitimation: how do we determine “scholarly” legitimacy when it appears that research might have been motivated by other soxial attachments? (LaCapra 116)


Goldhagen’s style appropriates the experiences of others (LaCapra 118)


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