Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today (co-authored with Ben Gidley)

Posted on December 20, 2011 in Default

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