Fear of strangers.
Somewhat of a psychiatric
cant term with which racism and ethnicism
may be discussed in "serious journalism". Although there no doubt is
xenophobia amongst humans, most racism and ethnicism is based on racist
and ethnicist ideologies (briefly: Our
kind is superior; Their kind inferior, much like hooliganism with sports
fanatics, and like the sheep in Orwell's "Animal Farm":
"Four legs good! Two legs bad!"), which in turn serve the interests of
- leaders of - social groups, and appeal to the needs of the unintelligent majorities
in such groups to define themselves as We by
contrasting Us with outsiders, to have a
common enemy, to look down upon others, to satisfy their
totalitarian needs, and to have a
simplistic emotionally satisfying view of the world and humanity, and
perhaps also to have a pretext to indulge in some sadism with one's own
mates against outsiders.
Another reason to remark upon this diagnosis in psychiatric jargon is
that it seems to me that often what is euphemistically and pompously
called "xenophobia" simply is hatred of some usually
motivated kind rather than fear.