David Hirsh is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He wrote his PhD at Warwick University on crimes against humanity and international law, and his first book, Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials, was based on his thesis. It won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams prize for the best first book in sociology in 2004.
David’s new book, out in August 2017, is Contemporary Left Antisemitism. It combines narrative and case study with sociological analysis and theory to understand the controversial and contested phenomenon of antisemitism on the left. It is not a critique of the left but a contemporary history of how things may go wrong. It stands in the tradition of those on the left who have always understood and opposed the temptation to picture the evils of capitalism, modernity, and imperialism as being intimately connected to the Jews and to their imputed behavior.