John L. Jackson Jr.'s Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew PDF

By John L. Jackson Jr.

ISBN-10: 0674049667

ISBN-13: 9780674049666

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race, faith, and ethnographic illustration has to be understood anew within the twenty-first century lest we reenact outdated error within the examine of black humanity.

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He’d already done a short stint in the Armed Forces and was no longer a newlywed, his marriage, a relationship approaching close to five years, already marked and marred by a Chicago 41 young wife’s unfortunate miscarriages. The two of them would eventually separate. This was 1960s Chicago; full of conflict and corruption, but also rife with seemingly unprecedented possibilities. Like many cities during that turbulent decade, Chicago had a hyperpolitical public sphere: people taking to the streets; legal institutions slowly bending to the project of formal social inclusion; religious organizations retooled for racial protest.

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So, there are many black people who embrace the label “Jew” and have nothing whatsoever to do with the AHIJ. If anything, they would adamantly dispute many of the Kingdom’s central claims. As policed and patrolled as any thick line separating Black Jews from Hebrew Israelites (like the AHIJ saints) might be, however, there are also interesting points of connection and convergence, many strong and weak ties that potentially bridge portions of the chasm. 26 But not just these groups. So many stories of collective and individual identity-Â�making share the same intonations and inflections.

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