"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
Studies, African-American Studies, and Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Rara!: Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora (2002).