Published by Continuum, 2012
The first book-length study of contemporary British Jewry , Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today examines the changing nature of the British Jewish community and its leadership since 1990.
Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley contend that there has been a shift within Jewish communal discourse from a strategy of security, which emphasized Anglo-Jewry’s secure British belonging and citizenship, to a strategy of insecurity, which emphasizes the dangers and threats Jews face individually and communally. This shift is part of a process of renewal in the community that has led to something of a ‘Jewish renaissance’ in Britain.
Addressing key questions on the transitions in the history of Anglo-Jewish community and leadership, and tackling the concept of the ‘new antisemitism’, this important and timely study addresses the question: how has UK Jewry adapted from a shift from monoculturalism to multiculturalism?
Reviews, interviews and articles on ‘Turbulent Times’
[NB: if you know of any more then please get in touch]
Review in the Jewish Journal of Sociology, volume 53, 2011
Review in Jewish Socialist magazine, summer 2011
Review in the Jewish Quarterly by Tony Lerman, Winter 2010/2011 [download a scan here]
Review in the Jewish Chronicle by Miri Freud-Kandel, December 1 2010
Interview with the authors in the Jewish Chronicle, July 28 2010
Short article in British Religion in Numbers, July 2010
Article promoting the book by Keith Kahn-Harris in Ekklesia, July 2010