'Hands across the tea': Renegotiating Jewish Identity and Belonging in Post-war Britain
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractIn contemporary Britain, Jewish identity – what it means to be ‘Jewish’, how it is to be enacted and performed, and indeed the parameters and environments of Jewish life itself – have become more elastic. This chapter suggests that these changes can, in part, be understood as a consequence of Jewish suburbanisation across the twentieth century. As strangers became neighbours, the intimacies facilitated by spatial proximity and a shared investment in ‘place’ altered notions of ‘Jewishness’ and ‘Britishness’ in turn. However, as an examination of the period 1945-1966 suggests, the inter-play between and melding of minority and majority identity was rarely straight-forward.
CitationEwence, H. (2015). 'Hands across the tea': Renegotiating Jewish Identity and Belonging in Post-war Britain. In M. Diemling & L. Ray (Eds.), Boundaries, Identity and Belonging in Modern Judaism (pp. 148-161). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
Series/Report no.Routledge Jewish Studies Series
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