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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.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01398.x

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Anglo-Jewry, multiculturalism, assimilation, ethnicity, insecurity, community
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4649

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