Kenefick (2013) The Jews and Irish in modern Scotland: Anti-semitism, sectarianism and social mobility


With a clear focus on Glasgow, Kenefick (2013) provides a fascinating insight into the integration processes experienced by Irish Catholic and Jewish immigrants in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. The focus of the article is historical and the contrasting experiences of the two groups are explored. The author argues that the higher levels of sectarianism and lower levels of anti-Semitism were instrumental in the faster paced, successful integration and social mobility of the Jewish community. Anti-Semitism was found to be less virulent than Christian sectarianism, which in turn resulted in far fewer occurrences of negative behaviour towards Jewish immigrants. This study sits within a wider range of work undertaken by the author which assesses the relationship between these two communities and their Scottish hosts. See also Aspinwall (2013) for additional insight into past experience of Roman Catholic integration into Scottish life.

Bibliographic reference:

Kenefick, W. (2013) The Jews and Irish in Modern Scotland: Anti-Semitism, Sectarianism and Social Mobility. Immigrants & Minorities, Vol.31(2), pp.189-213.







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