By John L. Jackson Jr.
The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem are usually brushed off as a perimeter cult for his or her ideals that African americans are descendants of the traditional Israelites and that veganism ends up in immortality. yet John L. Jackson questions what "fringe" ability in a global the place cultural practices of each stripe move freely on the net. during this poignant and complicated exam of the boundaries of ethnography, the reader is invited into the visionary, occasionally vexing international of the AHIJ. Jackson demanding situations what Clifford Geertz referred to as the "thick description" of anthropological examine via a multidisciplinary research of the way the AHIJ use media and know-how to outline their public photograph within the twenty-first century.
Moving a ways past the "modest witness" of nineteenth-century clinical discourse or the "thick descriptions" of twentieth-century anthropology, Jackson insists that Geertzian thickness is an impossibility, specially in a global the place the anthropologist's topic is a self-aware subject--one who crafts his personal autoethnography whereas severely eating the ethnographer's choices. Thin Description takes as its subject a gaggle positioned alongside the fault strains of a number of diasporas--African, American, Jewish--and offers an anthropological account of the way race, faith, and ethnographic illustration has to be understood anew within the twenty-first century lest we reenact outdated error within the examine of black humanity.