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Contemporary Jewish identities and experiences of racism: what can we learn from 'big data'?

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

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In a world awash with information how do we untangle what Jewish identity means today, how do data capture Jewishness, and what can ‘big data’ tell us about Jewish experiences of racial and religious discrimination?

In this lecture Nissa Finney considers how Jewish people articulate their Jewish identity and how well this sense of Jewishness is captured by statistical categorisations used as standard in Britain. She then compares discrimination experienced by Jewish people to other religious and ethnic groups, opening discussion about what might (or might not) be distinctive about contemporary Jewish experiences of racism.

The presentation draws on a new, exciting national social survey – the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) – published this year by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE). EVENS documents the experiences of over 14,000 people and provides unrivalled data on the lives of ethnic and religious minorities in Britain. 

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