Contemporary Anglo-Jewish and Community Leadership: Coping with Multiculturalism (co-authored with Ben Gidley)
British Journal of Sociology 63(1), 168-187
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.
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Theme: Community, Jews, Judaism and Jewishness
Category: Journal articles