This paper presents a theoretical-historical analysis of “mixophobia” or rejection of mixture and its rhetoric as a state policy in Nazi Germany. The case of the mixophobic population policy of National Socialism, as reflected in the construction of the category “mixed” (mischling), will be discussed in depth. It will be argued that this ideology overlapped with the policies and racialist theories of eugenics and hygienism, leading to the anti-miscegenation laws of the Third Reich, aimed primarily at the Jewish population. The paper concludes that anti-miscegenation political rhetoric in Nazi Germany served as a legitimation of the socio-political interests of the state. This historical-anthropological and demographical-historical analysis can help us in today’s world to better understand and reflect critically on the social, political, and economic contexts in which reductionist views of sociocultural difference/diversity and hybridity emerge and are used to legitimize social systems of exclusion.
|Original language||American English|
|Journal||Boletin de la Asociacion de Demografia Historica|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2014|