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What is a scapegoat?

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What is a scapegoat?

Blame in Social Contexts

In the fields of sociology and psychology, 'blame' is understood as the assignment of wrong-doing or guilt upon others. Blame can be directed at individuals for specific actions, or upon entire groups as a consequence of prejudice.

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The term 'scapegoat' comes from the Hebrew Bible, where it refers to a practice of the ancient Israelites in which a goat was ceremonially burdened...

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