Thin Description Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

ISBN-10: 0674049667

ISBN-13: 9780674049666

Edition: 2013

Authors: John L. Jackson
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Description: 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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List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/4/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 404
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

John L. Jackson, Jr., is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Harlemworld and Real Black.

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Megiddo
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Exiles
Backstage
Analogies
Asiel
Hustling
Ignorance
YMCA
UnAfrican
Empress
Camps
Liberia
Visitations
Immortality
Jungle
Thin
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Orientalism
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Eden
Disciplining
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Sincere
Casein
Prodigal
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Soul
Laughing
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Order
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Insincerities
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Munir
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Notes
Acknowledgments
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