An Unfortunate Coincidence: Jews, Jewishness, and English Law

Hardcover | February 6, 2011

byDidi Herman

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This book examines how English judges discuss and depict Jews and Jewishness in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a study of legal judgments in a range of areas, tracing continuities and discontinuities in representations of Jews and Jewishness over time. The book shows the part played byracial and religious understandings in legal decision-making, addressing the place of a minority with a long history in England and within the English cultural imagination. It considers the complex and often contradictory approaches to Jews and Jewishness within judicial discourse, challenging bothassumptions about tolerance and neutrality in English law and any simple narrative of 'antisemitism'. While its focus is on the distinctive character of the English context, the book has resonance for thinking more generally about racial and religious representations in law.

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This book examines how English judges discuss and depict Jews and Jewishness in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a study of legal judgments in a range of areas, tracing continuities and discontinuities in representations of Jews and Jewishness over time. The book shows the part played byracial and religious understandings in legal ...

Didi Herman is Professor of Law and Social Change at the University of Kent, UK. She has published widely on the subject of Jews, Jewishness and English law, and is also the author of Rights of Passage: Struggles for Lesbian and Gay Legal Equality, (University of Toronto Press, 1994), The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Chris...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199229767

ISBN - 13:9780199229765

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. 'An Unfortunate Coincidence': Race, Nation, and Character3. If Only I Knew: Race and Faith in the Law of Trusts4. 'She is and Will Forever Remain a Jew': Children and the Courts5. 'We Live in the Age of the Holocaust of the Jews'6. 'The Wandering Jew Has No Nation': Jewishness and Race Relations Law7. 'The Christian Church Will Admit Children Regardless of Who Their Parents Are': The Jewish Free School Case and Other Final Thoughts