This study addresses identity and ethnicity, through a detailed study of a little-known group in Cura ao with an intriguing history. It asks readers to take a broad perspective on the contexts that play a role in ethnicity - including, for example, ecology, history, kinship, commerce, and language use in everyday life and, crucially, rituals. Each chapter includes an extensive description of a selected ritual practice, either sacred or secular, in order to illustrate its theme. Finally the author conducts a reflective ...
This study addresses identity and ethnicity, through a detailed study of a little-known group in Cura ao with an intriguing history. It asks readers to take a broad perspective on the contexts that play a role in ethnicity - including, for example, ecology, history, kinship, commerce, and language use in everyday life and, crucially, rituals. Each chapter includes an extensive description of a selected ritual practice, either sacred or secular, in order to illustrate its theme. Finally the author conducts a reflective inquiry into the research ethics of anthropologists. Benjamin suggests that fieldwork is relational as much as scientific, involving subjectivity, power differences and trust.
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As New. 8vo No Dust Jacket, As Issued. xii, 200 pp, b&w frontis, list of maps and tables; acknowledgments, preface, 1. Introduction: Romeo and Juliet; Introductory Overview; Significance of "Ethnic"; Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Ethnicity; Ethnicity; Identity and Ethnic Identity; Classifying Practices of Ethnic Identity; This Research in the Context of Area Studies. 2. Research, A Contract, and Representation: A Contract and Negotiations; Concerns, Motivations, and Rationales; Historical and Cultural Factors; Impact and Effects, Sleepless Nights. Part I. Setting: 3. Introduction; 4. Ecology and Prehistory: Ecology; Seu'; The Prehistoric, Human, Setting; 5. Seleected Elements of the Curacaoan Social Setting: Rudy's Ta Otro; Colonial History; Industrialization; Karnaval; Political Organization; Labor History; The Politics of Language. 6. The Sephardi Jewish Presence on Curacao: Pre-Curacaoan Sephardi; Expulsion, Forced Conversion, and Inquisition: Out of Iberia; The "New Jerusalem" in Amsterdam; Coming to the Americas; Curacao Sephardi Social Organization; The Yom Kippur Service; Sephardi Settlement on Curacao; Economic Activity; Religious Organization; Religio-Political Organization; Kinship. Part II. Social Practice: 7. Introduction; 8. Alternatively Jewish, Alternatively Curacoan: Ashkenazi Jews Arrive in Curacao; Alternative Jewish Prayer, the Curacao Ashkenazi Service; Simchat Torah at Congregation Shaare Tsedek; Two Images of Being Jewish on Curacao; 9. Ascribing Identities: Kinship and Ethnic Identity; Ana Nobo; Nodes of Ethnic Identity; Experiencing Nodes of Ethnic Identity as not Singular, not Unitary, and not Constant; Local Understanding and Crafting an Ethnic Identity; 10. Conclusion; Apendix: 1. Questionaire; 2. Protocol for First Semi-Structured Interview; 3. Protocol for Second Semi-Structured Interview; 4. Contract; 5. Research Methods; notes, bibliography, index. First Edition, 2002. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Black cloth with blind-stamped gilt lettering to front board and spine. ~Click on BOOKSTORES to browse our extensive listings of similar titles in Anthropology~
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