Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: Scapegoat: Targeted for Blame by Dr. Clifton Wilcox

In scapegoating one thing is clear. The individual, group, or object that is deemed the scapegoat had been perceived as the cause of the troubling circumstances and has become the target of aggression. Scapegoating is the quintessential example of a ritual practice that magically shapes the natural world The scapegoat's sacrifice enables the group to live another day and indelibly makes the survivors a tighter-knit group.

 Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets three stars.  This was certainly comprehensive and clearly written.  The readability was hindered somewhat by the numerous footnotes compiled at the end of each chapter instead of the end of the book.  The author also approached the subject in a manner I had not been previously exposed to.  It felt almost like a college course on the topic condensed into a single volume.  I can't say that this was a particularly enjoyable read, topic wise, but it was certainly informative.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Stephanie said...

This book actually sounds very humorous, and I'd love to read it!


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