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Contemporary Anglo-Jewish community leadership: coping with multiculturalism.

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.

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    Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, Birkbeck College, University of London. Ben.gidley@compas.ox.ac.uk

    Source

    The British journal of sociology 63:1 2012 Mar pg 168-87

    MeSH

    Adaptation, Psychological
    Cultural Diversity
    Humans
    Jews
    Prejudice
    Safety
    Social Change
    Social Support
    Sociology
    United Kingdom

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22404394

    Citation

    Gidley, Ben, and Keith Kahn-Harris. "Contemporary Anglo-Jewish Community Leadership: Coping With Multiculturalism." The British Journal of Sociology, vol. 63, no. 1, 2012, pp. 168-87.
    Gidley B, Kahn-Harris K. Contemporary Anglo-Jewish community leadership: coping with multiculturalism. Br J Sociol. 2012;63(1):168-87.
    Gidley, B., & Kahn-Harris, K. (2012). Contemporary Anglo-Jewish community leadership: coping with multiculturalism. The British Journal of Sociology, 63(1), pp. 168-87. doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01398.x.
    Gidley B, Kahn-Harris K. Contemporary Anglo-Jewish Community Leadership: Coping With Multiculturalism. Br J Sociol. 2012;63(1):168-87. PubMed PMID: 22404394.
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