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Posted on April 18, 2021 in Home

Metal and Reflexive Anti-Reflexivity, in International Society for Metal Music Studies blog, 17 April 2021  Shtisel—the unlikely TV hit about orthodox Jews, in Prospect, 16 April 2021 Booker’s Dozen @ Keith Kahn-Harris, in The Pensive Quill, 7 April 20 …

Publications from October 2020 – February 2021

Posted on February 8, 2021 in Default, Home

[See also my various publications at JewThink here] Is antisemitism a progressive blindspot? in Prospect, 4 February 2021 Tongues and Borders Are Immutable in Norient, 4 December 2020 An end to Labour’s antisemitism controversy seems as far away as eve …

Recent articles

Posted on May 15, 2020 in Default, Home

Here are some articles that I’ve had published since the start of 2020 (in reverse chronological order) A generational divide in British Jewry?, in Jewish News, 14 May 2020 In spite of populist Brexiteer promises, science and the state still rule in Br …

Some recent published articles

Posted on January 1, 2020 in Default, Home

Contribution to: The Battle to Frame the Defeat: Four responses to the UK’s general election, in Dissent, 24 December 2019 Lessons for the US from the UK Labour Party antisemitism crisis , Medium blog post, 20 December 2019 British Jews’ fears hav …

My New Book – Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity

Posted on June 7, 2019 in Home

Published by Repeater Books, 11 June 2019 How did antisemitism get so strange? How did hate become so clouded in controversy? And what does the strange hate of antisemitism tell us about racism and the politics of diversity today? Life-long anti-racist …

Long overdue update

Posted on April 25, 2019 in Home

Over the last few months I have appeared on various radio programmes, podcasts and events talking about my book Denial: The Unspeakable Truth. Here is an updated list, including links to downloads, streaming videos etc… Articles and videos What’s beh …

Some recent published articles

Posted on February 1, 2019 in Home

It’s striking how little we discuss Brexit’s impact on British Jews in the Jewish Chronicle, 12 January 2019 What’s worse than rejection? in Boundless, December 2018 ‘White supremacy’ is really white degeneracy in The Guardian, 28 November 2018 On watc …

Recent contributions to the antisemitism debate

Posted on August 2, 2018 in Home

What Happened When Jeremy Corbyn’s Office Reached Out To Me To Talk About Antisemitism, in the Jewish Quarterly (website), 29 July 2018  Contribution to panel: How should antisemitism be defined? in The Guardian, 27 July 2018 Does Muslim immigration in …

NEW BOOK – DENIAL: THE UNSPEAKABLE TRUTH

Posted on July 13, 2018 in Home

Notting Hill Editions, September 13, 2018 [Scroll down for reviews, podcasts, interviews etc – will be constantly updated] Read my Guardian Long Read about the book The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. There is …

My Boring Podcast

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Home

I contributed a talk to the BBC Boring Podcast on the translation of warning messages in Kinder Surprise Eggs. Yes really. Listen and enjoy here.

Essay on media images of Jews

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Home

I’m very excited to see this article published: A long essay by me about images of Jews – Haredi Jews in particular – , in which I track down (sort of) the men in one of the most ubiquitous examples. I’m quite proud of it.

Recent publications

Posted on May 1, 2018 in Home

Labour’s far left must tame itself to root out antisemitism in The Guardian, 23 April 2018 Sorry, British Non-Jews: You Don’t Get To Decide Who The Good Jews Are in The Forward, 3 April 2018 Factsheet on Branches of Judaism for Religion Media Centre, 2 …

My critique of Gilad Atzmon

Posted on January 5, 2018 in Home

Cloaked In Pretensions, Gilad Atzmon’s Anti-Semitism Soldiers On in The Forward, 10 December 2017 [And see Atzmons’s response here]

Towards an Exhausted Sociology

Posted on October 29, 2017 in Home

Towards an Exhausted Sociology, in Sociological Review blog, 25 October 2017

Videos of two recent lectures – now online

Posted on October 6, 2017 in Default, Home

Beyond Transgression: Breaking Metal’s Boundaries at ‘Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities’, University of Victoria, 9 June 2017 View talk here Antisemitism and divisions over Israel in diaspora Jewish communities : the exploita …

My response to the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s 2017 ‘Barometer’

Posted on September 6, 2017 in Home

In mid-August 2017, the Campaign Against Antisemitism published their latest Antisemitism Barometer In an article in the Jewish Chronicle I raised some questions and concerns about the survey. Gideon Falter replied to my article here and I responded fu …

A conversation with Dougald Hine on the Labour Party

Posted on September 6, 2017 in Home

A crack in history? A conversation between two recent Labour Party recruits in Open Democracy, 31 August 2017

My first ever fiction publication!

Posted on September 6, 2017 in Home

Excuse All The Blood in So Fi Zine, Issue 1, June 2017 This is a piece of ‘sociological fiction’, loosely based on my PhD fieldwork experiences in Israel.

Three new book reviews

Posted on September 6, 2017 in Home

Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent  by Amber Clifford-Napoleone.  in Metal Music Studies 3 (3): 474–76, 2017 Sounds of the Underground: A Cultural, Political and Aesthetic Mapping of Underground and Fringe Music by Stephen Graham. in Metal Musi …

3 recent articles

Posted on November 11, 2016 in Default, Home

Branding Jews exotic in LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog, 7 November 2016 The antisemitism reports: Against a zero-sum reading in Open Democracy, 3 November 2016 Better off siding with Russia or China: There’s no dictator’s dilemma today in Open …

New article on antisemitism in the Labour Party

Posted on September 30, 2016 in Home

Why the matter of Jewish Labour members is a vital test case in The Guardian, 27 September 2017

Chakrabarti inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party

Posted on July 1, 2016 in Home

In the run up to the Chakrabarti Inquiry, I submitted this document for consideration. I reacted to the report’s publication in this Guardian article.

Some recent articles

Posted on June 12, 2016 in Default, Home

Does civility in politics matter? in The New Humanist, summer 2016 The elephant in the room in Labour’s antisemitism row in The Guardian, 28 April 2016 Is Split Over Israel a Luxury Restricted to Countries With No Anti-Semitism? in The Forward, 12 Apri …

New essay on my experiences as a sociologist working (partially) outside of academia

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Home

The Pleasures, Pain and Promise of Sociological Work Outside the Academy in The Sociological Imagination, 10 December 2015

New article

Posted on October 15, 2015 in Home

Being civil doesn’t mean remaining silent in Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 October 2015

New publication

Posted on September 19, 2015 in Default, Home

The Interplay between Internal and External Factors in the Stimulation of Intra-Jewish Conflict over Israel and Antisemitism. Discussion paper. Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel Online Paper Series. London: The Ce …

More Corbynalia by me (with bad headlines that I didn’t write)

Posted on September 19, 2015 in Default, Home

Stop moaning, let’s now try to embrace Corbyn, in the Jewish Chronicle, 17 September 2015 It’s vital for Jeremy Corbyn to establish a working relationship with British Jews, in Guardian Comment Is Free, 17 September 2015

Recent articles by me on Jeremy Corbyn

Posted on August 27, 2015 in Default, Home

Is Corbyn too pall with tyrants and other pariahs? in Open Democracy, 14 August 2015 What’s going on with the Labour party? Ten propositions, 23 July 2015 George Galloway is Tony Blair. Jeremy Corbyn is neither, 7 July 2015    

New Tumblr Blog: All Jews Wear Black Hats and Have Beards

Posted on August 4, 2015 in Home

Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of stories about Jews in the media illustrated with photos such as this one: It strikes me as an interesting phenomenon – clearly, strictly orthodox Judaism is, for some at least, the public face of the generic Jew. S …

Is the Sun’s ‘save our bacon’ election front page antisemitic?

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Default, Home

My thoughts here at The Guardian.

New Project: My Impossible Books

Posted on May 2, 2015 in Default, Home

Over the last few years, I’ve been building up more and more ideas for books I’d like to write. It’s unlikely I’ll ever publish more than a fraction of them, so I wanted to find a way to ‘let go’ on my ‘impossible’ books. I’ve started ‘publishing’ thes …

One essay and two book reviews

Posted on May 2, 2015 in Default, Home

I recently had a length essay on antisemitism published at Open Democracy. I also had two book review published in The Independent: one on the Nazi concentration camps and the other a biography of Joseph Goebbels. Spot the common theme?

New articles

Posted on March 29, 2015 in Default, Home

Loosening of the Zionist Bound in the Jewish Chronicle, 26 March 2015 From Extreme Metal to Islamic State in Souciant, 27 March 2015

Recent publications

Posted on March 1, 2015 in Home

If British Jews are attacked, respect our dignity – and keep your agendas to yourself in Guardian Comment Is Free, 16 February 2015 (With Helen Lewis) A Civil Conversation About Online Rage, crossposted in The Jewish Quarterly and the New Statesman, 12 …

Uncivil War – the first review

Posted on March 23, 2014 in Default, Home

My book Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community has received its first review. The review is from the official blog of the Forum for the Discussion of Israel-Palestine and discussed both the book and the launch event on 12 March. Read …

New blog post: ‘Drawing the Lines’

Posted on February 14, 2014 in Home

I’ve had a blog post published by Makom on the question of what ‘red lines’ Jewish community institutions should set with regard to Israel. The piece responds to another post by Robbie Gringras of Makom.

My new book: Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community

Posted on February 13, 2014 in Default, Home

  I’m excited to announce that my new book Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community will be published by David Paul Books on 12 March 2014 and is available for pre-order now. The book will be launched at JW3 London at 7:30 on 12 Ma …

Death of Paul Arditti

Posted on January 26, 2014 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

In my chapter on my search for the most powerful politician in Alderney, I interview Paul Arditti, one of the most controversial and influential of contemporary Alderney politicians. I just heard that he died suddenly, age 64. I’m not sure where this l …

Read the chapter: The most powerful politician in Alderney

Posted on January 20, 2014 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

…and here’s the second chapter that I wrote for the book: on my quest to find the most powerful politician on Alderney: Alderney chapter pdf

Read the chapter: The Best Waterskier in Luxembourg

Posted on January 20, 2014 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

One of the consolations of my Unbound project not getting funded is that I can make the two chapters I wrote freely available. So here’s the first one, in which I tell the tale of the best waterskier in Luxembourg and the surprisingly fascinating story …

Whatever happened to The Best Waterskier in Luxembourg?

Posted on January 20, 2014 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

So whatever did happen to The Best Waterskier in Luxembourg? In 2011 and 2012 I worked with the crowd-funded publishing site Unbound on a book called The Best Waterskier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds. The idea was to choose – semi-ran …

Another article by me on the chief rabbinate

Posted on February 13, 2013 in Home

My recent article in The Forward: Institution of Chief Rabbi Has Outlived Its Usefulness

The first ever Soft Drinks Club

Posted on January 27, 2013 in Home

After years of thinking about it and joking about it, I finally did it: I’ve set up Soft Drinks Club. The club is for those adventurers who wish to explore the exciting and diverse world of soft drinks. We will meet to engage in interesting conversatio …

Article on the new UK Chief Rabbi

Posted on December 23, 2012 in Home

I had a piece published on Comment Is Free, discussing the appiontment of Ephraim Mirvis as Chief Rabbi and comparing him with the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Appointment as editor of the Jewish Journal of Sociology

Posted on November 29, 2012 in Home

I’ve recently been appointed as editor of the Jewish Journal of Sociology. It’s a peer-reviewed academic journa, over 50 years old. Contact me if you’d like to submit something.

New article on UK Jews reaction to Operation Pillar of Defence

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Home

In Times of Trouble, UK Jews Return to Support for Israel in New Statesman (online), 23 November 2012

Community Lovers Guide to the Jewish Community

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Home

The Community Lover’s Guide to the Jewish Community is a wonderful book, part of a series of similar guides, that features a number of short chapters on interesting Jewish community projects. I have a chapter in it on the dinners I’ve organised to nurt …

My TEDx Krakow talk on ‘The Power of Small Worlds’

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

The talk I gave in September of this year at TEDx Krakow is now online. In it I talk about ‘The Power of Small Worlds’ and the pleasures of being a big fish in a small pond:  

New podcast interview

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Home

There’s a new interview with me up on the Open Democracy podcast in which I discuss my book Judaism:All That Matters with Tony Curzon-Price. He gave me a real intellectual workout and I hope the interview is as fun to listen to as it was to do. You can …

The first review of The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg!

Posted on October 26, 2012 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

There’s a review of the first chapter of The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg in Souciant webzine – it’s a really nice one and I’m really chuffed. Read it here. …the sad truth is that most small ponds are also unnoticed ponds. It’s for that reason that …

New article on building Jewish/Muslim peace movement

Posted on October 19, 2012 in Home

I had an article published in Guardian Comment Is Free , co-authored with Shirin Barghi and Joel Schalit, in which we argue for a Jewish/Muslim and Israeli/Iranian movement against the slide to war. View it here.

Read all about the Best Water Skier in Luxembourg!

Posted on September 20, 2012 in Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

I’m pleased to announce that the first chapter of my book The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds, has been published and is ready to download. It finally reveals the identity of the best waterskier himself and contains lot …

On summing about Judaism in 25,000 words

Posted on August 25, 2012 in Default, Home

My book Judaism: All That Matters will be out imminently. It’s a short accessible introduction to Judaism and the Jewish people. It was a tough book to write as I had to pack in an awful lot in a very small space. I wrote an article for the Jewish Chro …

The pleasure and pain of crowd-funding

Posted on August 25, 2012 in Default, Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

I bared my soul in a modest way in an article for The Literary Platform about my experience of crowd-funding my book, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg, through the Unbound project. Here it is again: I’m stalled – there’s no other wo …

Why I want to visit Iceland

Posted on July 20, 2012 in Default, Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

This is the second in a series of posts explaining the background behind the choice of places I am aiming to visit on my travels for my project The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds. The book is being crowd-funded via the …

Why I want to visit Alderney

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Default, Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

This is the first in a series of posts explaining the background behind the choice of places I am aiming to visit on my travels for my project The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds. The book is being crowd-funded via the …

The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg – The Next Phase

Posted on July 5, 2012 in Default, Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

So I’m pleased to announce that the next phase of the book I’m crowd-funding The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds is now open for funding. The first chapter is virtually completed and those who funded it will get a copy …

Coming Soon – Judaism: All That Matters

Posted on June 11, 2012 in Default, Home

I’ve got a new book coming out in July called Judaism: All That Matters It’s a short introductory guide to the subject, intended to be lively and modestly provocative. Here’s the cover: The book is part of a new series. There are some interesting title …

It’s Unbound’s first birthday!

Posted on June 1, 2012 in Default, Home

It’s Unbound’s first birthday. To celebrate they are offering a free £5 voucher to pledge on any project – including mine!

Me talking about the Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Default, Home, The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

I spoke at an Unbound Live! event a couple of weeks ago on my project The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg. The first chapter will be available very soon. Till then, my talk provides a good sneek preview:  

New article in New Statesman

Posted on May 25, 2012 in Default, Home

The latest New Statesman is a special issue on ‘Who speaks for British Jews?’ I have a piece in it on how Israel and anti-semitism make the work of Jewish communal institutions a fraught affair. (Sadly it’s not online yet).      

More on Despatches from the Invisible Revolution, and on slow thinking

Posted on February 28, 2012 in Default, Home

Despatches from the Invisible Revolution is now available for order. Some of the constituent essays are going to be published on the New Public Thinking site, starting with Vinay Gupta’s On Becoming a Conservative. The comment thread below the original …

Launching new book: ‘Despatches from the Invisible Revolution’

Posted on February 23, 2012 in Default, Home

I’m thrilled to announce that the book edited by Dougald Hine and myself, ‘Despatches from the Invisible Revolution’, is now available. The collection consists of a series of reflections on the extraordinary year that was 2011. The book was conceived l …

Argument outsourcing – the EUMC definition

Posted on February 12, 2012 in Default, Home

For several years I’ve been working to try and improve the civility of intra-Jewish debates over Israel. It hasn’t been easy work and I would not claim any clear victories. The issue is complex and so is the solution. I’ve been working on a book on the …

My recent review of the Atzmon and Landy books in the Jewish Quarterly

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Default, Home

Non Jewish Jews January 31, 2012 by The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics By Gilad Atzmon Zero Books 2011 Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights By David Landy Zed Books 2011 So contested has the issue of antisemitism become and so pro …

Appearance on Sounds Jewish Podcast

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Default, Home

I appeared on this month’s Guardian Sounds Jewish Podcast talking about the Jewish Chronicle/London Citizens controversy and much else.

Attack on Souciant

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Default, Home

Souciant, one of my favourite web publications, for which I’ve written a number of times, is currently fighting off an attack on its website. Although, it’s not yet entirely clear whether this an intentional ideological attack or not. Still, it’s worry …

The politics of engagement and the Jewish Chronicle

Posted on January 5, 2012 in Default, Home

Over the last few months, the Jewish Chroncile’s Martin Bright has been conducting a campaign against the involvment of some Jewish groups, and in particular New North London Synagogue, in London Citizens. Bright has pointed out that a key player in Lo …

Naming the movement redux

Posted on January 4, 2012 in Default, Home

There’s a fascinating piece by Paul Mason published in the Guardian today on the global unrest of the last 18 months or so. The article summarises  the arguments of his new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions which I h …

Call for Contributions: Reflections on 2011

Posted on December 20, 2011 in Default, Home

[Cross posted from New Public Thinking] We are looking for contributions to our first New Public Thinking book, a moment of reflection at the end of a year of networked disruption. More from Keith Kahn-Harris and Dougald Hine… 2011 has been an e …

My new project: ‘The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fishes in Small Ponds’

Posted on September 1, 2011 in Default, Home

Although I’m working on 3 other book projects at the moment, I’ve just started another.  It’s called’The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg: Tales of Big Fish in Small Ponds’ . The book will be witty but with a serious purpose. I will travel to a numb …