"An Unfortunate Coincidence": Jews and Jewishness in English Judical Discourse

Herman, Didi (2006) "An Unfortunate Coincidence": Jews and Jewishness in English Judical Discourse. Journal of Law and Society, 33 (2). pp. 277-301. ISSN 0263-323X. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2006.00358.x) (KAR id:137)

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Abstract

This paper explores the neglected area of representations of Jews and Jewishness in English legal cases. In considering judicial knowledge of the Jew', I ask three primary questions. First, how do English judges understand and represent the Jew' and in relation to what material factors do these understandings and representations change? Second, how do English judges construct racial knowledge, what rhetorical technologies are fashioned and deployed? Third, are the effects of contemporary judicial racializations of Jewishness different in substance from earlier ones? The purpose of this paper is to study the encounter between English judges and the Jew' in the twentieth century, eschewing a reading that centres antisemitism' or `discrimination' in favour of one that focuses on the complex and contradictory narratives in these judgments and the kinds of work these narratives do.

Item Type: Article 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2006.00358.x The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com K Law Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School > Centre for Law, Gender and SexualityFaculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School Katrin Steinack 19 Dec 2007 18:01 UTC 23 Jan 2020 04:00 UTC https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/137 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes) https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5691-5793
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