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Publication Date: October 2003

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Matti Bunzl

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall/Winter 2003, pp.14-16.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Colleges and universities)
Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Academic Research; Higher Education; Jewish Culture

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author claims that every Jewish Studies program needs an anthropologist. He argues that anthropologists are uniquely positioned to enhance Jewish studies pedagogy. In particular, he sees three domains where anthropological expertise can make a real difference: comparison, ethnography, and focus on the present.