Contemporary Anglo-Jewish community leadership: coping with multiculturalism
Gidley, B. and Kahn-Harris, Keith (2012) Contemporary Anglo-Jewish community leadership: coping with multiculturalism. The British Journal of Sociology 63 (1), pp. 168-187. ISSN 0007-1315.
In this article, drawing on qualitative interviews and documentary analysis, we argue that the Jewish community in Britain has undergone a fundamental shift since 1990 from a ‘strategy of security’, a strategy of communal leadership based on emphasizing the secure British citizenship and belonging of the UK's Jews, to a ‘strategy of insecurity’, where the communal leadership instead stresses an excess of security among Anglo-Jewry. We demonstrate this based on two case studies: of the Jewish renewal movement in the 1990s and the ‘new antisemitism’ phenomenon of the 2000s. We conclude that this shift is tied to the shift from a monocultural Britain to an officially multicultural one, and that therefore there are lessons that can be taken from it for the study of British and other multiculturalisms.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Anglo-Jewry, multiculturalism, assimilation, ethnicity, insecurity, community|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies|
|Date Deposited:||19 Mar 2012 09:22|
|Last Modified:||17 Apr 2013 12:22|
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