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Going to the people, Jews and the ethnographic impulse, edited by Jeffrey Veidlinger

Taking S. An-sky's expeditions to the Pale of Jewish Settlement as its point of departure, the volume explores the dynamic and many-sided nature of ethnographic knowledge and the long and complex history of the production and consumption of Jewish folk traditions. These essays by historians, anthropologists, musicologists, and folklorists showcase some of the finest research in the field. They reveal how the collection, analysis, and preservation of ethnography intersect with questions about the construction and delineation of community, the preservation of Jewishness, the meaning of belief, the significance of retrieving cultural heritage, the politics of accessing and memorializing 'lost' cultures, and the problem of narration, among other topics.--, Provided by Publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- Part I. History of the Ethnographic Impulse -- 1. Thrice Born; or, Between Two Worlds: Reflexivity and Performance in An-sky's Jewish Ethnographic Expedition and Beyond -- 2. Between Scientific and Political: Jewish Scholars and Russian-Jewish Physical Anthropology in the Fin-de-Siècle Russian Empire -- 3. "To Study Our Past, Make Sense of Our Present and Develop Our National Consciousness": Lev Shternberg's Comprehensive Program for Jewish Ethnography in the USSR -- 4. "What Should We Collect": Ethnography, Local Studies, and the Formation of a Belorussian Jewish Identity -- 5. Yiddish Folklore and Soviet Ideology during the 1930s -- 6. After An-sky: I. M. Pul'ner and the Jewish Section of the State Museum of Ethnography in Leningrad -- 7. "Sacred Collection Work": The Relationship between YIVO and Its Zamlers -- 8. The Last Zamlers: Avrom Sutzkever and Shmerke Kaczerginski in Vilna, 1944✹1945 -- Part II. Findings from the Field -- 9. Ethnography and Folklore among Polish Jews in Israel: Immigration and Integration -- 10. The Use of Hebrew and Yiddish in the Rituals of Contemporary Jewry of Bukovina and Bessarabia -- 11. Food and Faith in the Soviet Shtetl -- 12. Undzer Rebenyu: Religion, Memory, and Identity in Postwar Moldova -- Part III. Reflections on the Ethnographic Impulse -- 13. Ex-Soviet Jews: Collective Autoethnography -- 14. Family Pictures at an Exhibition: History, Autobiography, and the Museum Exhibit on Jewish Łódź "In Mrs. Goldberg's Kitchen" -- 15. Seamed Stockings and Ponytails: Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Contemporary Hasidic Community -- Part IV. By Way of Conclusion -- 16. From Function to Frame: The Evolving Conceptualization of Jewish Folklore Studies
Literary Form
non fiction
Selected papers presented at a conference held at Indiana University in February 2013
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1 online resource.
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