"Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights
is a richly sustained and critically insightful ethnography of the Lubavitch community in Crown Heights. Henry Goldschmidt has done an excellent job of creating an account that reflects the Lubavitchers' worldview and simultaneously gives voice to their neighbors." -- Jonathan Boyarin, Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, University of Kansas
"Grounded in extended research among both Blacks and Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Goldschmidt challenges the binary, black/white approach to U.S. race relations, brilliantly demonstrating how religious discourses inform and complicate the everyday reckoning of distinctions between Self and Other. Beautifully written, this book is a major contribution." -- Steven Gregory, author of Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community
"With great intelligence, compassion, and humor, Henry Goldschmidt moves from the laundromat, to kosher kitchens, to the street to gain understanding about the difficulties that religion and race present to the project of American multiculturalism." -- Faye Ginsburg, author of Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community
About the Author
Henry Goldschmidt is an assistant professor of religion and society at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the coeditor (with Elizabeth McAlister) of Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas.