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Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

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The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem are often dismissed as a fringe cult for their beliefs that African Americans are descendants of the ancient Israelites and that veganism leads to immortality. But John L. Jackson questions what "fringe" means in a world where cultural practices of every stripe circulate freely on the Internet. In this poignant and sophisticated examination of the limits of ethnography, the reader is invited into the visionary, sometimes vexing world of the AHIJ. Jackson challenges what Clifford Geertz called the "thick description" of anthropological research through a multidisciplinary investigation of how the AHIJ use media and technology to define their public image in the twenty-first century.

Moving far beyond the "modest witness" of nineteenth-century scientific discourse or the "thick descriptions" of twentieth-century anthropology, Jackson insists that Geertzian thickness is an impossibility, especially in a world where the anthropologist's subject is a self-aware subject--one who crafts his own autoethnography while critically consuming the ethnographer's offerings. Thin Description takes as its topic a group situated along the fault lines of several diasporas--African, American, Jewish--and provides an anthropological account of how race, religion, and ethnographic representation must be understood anew in the twenty-first century lest we reenact old mistakes in the study of black humanity.

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African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem are often dismissed as a fringe cult, but John L. Jackson questions what "fringe" means when cultural practices of every stripe circulate freely on the Internet. He reveals how race, religion, and ethnographic representation must be understood anew in the 21st century lest we reenact past errors.

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Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

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John L. Jackson, Jr., is Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Anthropology, and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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ISBN:
9780674049666
Author:
Jackson, John L., Jr.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Jackson, John L.
Author:
John L. Jackson, Jr.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)
Subject:
RELIGION / Judaism/General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones
Pages:
404
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Black Studies (Global)
History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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