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Mr Joseph Finlay 

Postgraduate research student

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I have a background in music, and studied hold a BA in Music from Clare College Cambridge and an MMUS in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music. After many years engaged in the study of Jewish culture and history, including a period as Deputy Editor of Jewish Quarterly, I decided to pursue my interests through academic research.

My research focusses on how British Jews understood and dealt with questions of ‘race relations’ in the post war era, and how those questions shaped British Jewish identity.  I am examining how Jewish publications like the Jewish Chronicle and prominent communal institutions such as the Board of Deputies reacted when race and immigration became major topics of national debate in the late 1950s and 1960s, and investigating how British Jews tried to maintain their hard earned position as a model minority that was broadly defined as religious rather than ethnic. My research explores the transition from 1960s Jewish liberal paternalism towards Blacks and Asians to animosity between Black and Jewish groups in the 1970s and 80s, as anti-colonial and Zionist/anti-Zionist politics created a series of flash points between communities. My research concludes in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when, in the early New Labour period, multiculturalism became a government sanctioned discourse, and Jewish organisations became increasingly open to portraying Jews as an ethnic minority.

Research interests

British Jewish History, British social history, Race Relations, Minority History

PhD supervision

Professor Tony Kushner


Research group

Parkes Institute

Mr Joseph Finlay
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