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About Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a London-based sociologist and writer. He teaches at Birkbeck College, Leo Baeck College and is a Fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. His most recent book is ‘Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community’. His website is and he tweets on @KeithKahnHarris.

Articles by Keith Kahn-Harris

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A crack in history? – a conversation between two recent UK Labour party recruits

We need to find a way to build political movements that make space for difficult questions, for diversity, for ambivalence. But how?

The antisemitism reports: against a zero-sum reading

It is how texts are read, not texts themselves that determine meaning. Applying this post-modernist lesson to the Chakrabarti and Home Affairs Committee antisemitism reports yields new political possibilities.

Better-off siding with Russia or China: there's no dictator's dilemma today

Democracy promotion by the west has been a grubby, hypocritical affair. Is there any hope for doing it properly?

Internal and external factors in intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and antisemitism

Since 2000, the questions of Israel and antisemitism have become a source of ever greater conflict in British Jewry, as well as in other diaspora Jewish populations.

Is Corbyn too pally with tyrants and other pariahs?

Why is it so hard for the left, both pro and anti-Corbyn, to resist the logic of "my enemies' enemies are my friends"? Can we learn to cast a plague on the houses of enemies of progress whoever they are?

On the strangeness of contemporary antisemitism

Can we agree on one thing? That contemporary antisemitism is profoundly strange. 

"Judaism, All that matters". An openDemocracy podcast

An openDemocracy podcasted conversation around Keith Kahn-Harris' latest book (1 hr)

2011, a year between worlds

A profusion of innovative projects guided by an ethic of collaboration holds out the possibility of creative responses to today's multiple crises, says Keith Kahn-Harris.

Jews, Gypsies and Travellers: a particular empathy

The legal eviction from their land of a large community on the edge of London raises disturbing questions about deep-rooted discrimination that Jewish historical experience can help to address, say Keith Kahn-Harris, Simone Abel & Shauna Leven.

The dinner-party revolution

The dinner-party is a symbol of complacent presumption, the last occasion to be associated with genuine dialogue or the jolt of rethinking. But it’s possible to renew the ritual in surprising ways - and really caring about the food is just the start, says Keith Kahn-Harris.

Naming the movement

The early 21st century is marked by a profusion of initiatives that bring people together to discuss and explore big questions. It amounts to a great river of change - but to realise its potential the movement needs a formal designation, says Keith Kahn-Harris.

A war of rhetoric: the Israel-Palestine vortex

A fevered dispute in the media contest over Israel-Palestine is an object lesson in the deformities of internet-fuelled public debate on this issue, says Keith Kahn-Harris.

In search of an Israeli left

The disconnection between the international left and its counterparts in Israel has become near total, to the detriment of the causes that both espouse. But a situation with complex roots can be remedied by looking more closely at the work of people on the ground, say Keith Kahn-Harris & Joel Schalit.

Israeli post-democracy: origins and prospects

Many voices warn that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories is corroding the country’s democracy. Now, a worrying onslaught by Israel’s right-wing government on domestic dissenters raises further concerns. But the two issues are distinct as well as linked, say Keith Kahn-Harris & Joel Schalit: for the challenges to Israel’s democracy also have deep internal roots that must be identified if they are to be overcome.

The politics of ME, ME, ME

The shrillness and point-scoring of much internet-based discussion - on topics as diverse as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and chronic fatigue syndrome - is narrowing the space where a larger political dialogue should be, say Keith Kahn-Harris & David Hayes.

How to talk about things we know nothing about

The shift from the age of the polymath to that of the expert has diminished as well as expanded the potential field of human knowledge. Can intelligent dialogue survive a fog of collective ignorance, asks Keith Kahn-Harris.

The seductions of denial

Why is the systematic refusal of evidence-based, reason-fuelled conclusions about human and natural realities - from genocide and 9/11 to global warming - so persistent? Keith Kahn-Harris investigates.
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