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Author Sclar, Ari F
Title Beyond Stereotypes : American Jews and Sports
Imprint West Lafayette : Purdue University Press, 2015
©2014
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Descript 1 online resource (165 pages)
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Series The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review ; v.12
The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review
Note Cover -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword -- Editorial Introduction -- A Stack of Jewish Baseball Cards: Some Thoughts on Jews and the Roles They Have Played in the Major Leagues -- Racial Attitudes towards Jews in the "Negro Leagues": The Case of Effa Manley -- American Jewish Women on the Court: Seeking an Identity in Tennis in the Early Decades of the Twentieth Century -- Answering to a Different Authority in Sports: The Trials of Coach Jonathan Halpert and the Limits of Yeshiva University's Athletic Success in Basketball -- "The Disadvantage Far Outweighs the Benefits": How the Rise and Fall of "the Jewish Game" at the 92nd Street YMHA Exemplified Jewish Conceptions of Athleticism -- From Suburbanites to Sabras and Back: How Jewish Americans Established Lacrosse in Israel -- About the Contributors -- The USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life
In the decades after the Civil War, sports slowly gained a prominent position within American culture. This development provided Jews with opportunities to participate in one of the few American cultures not closed off to them. Jewish athleticism challenged anti-Semitic depictions of Jews supposed physical inferiority while helping to construct a modern American Jewish identity. An Americanization narrative emerged that connected Jewish athleticism with full acceptance and integration into American society. This acceptance was not without struggle, but Jews succeeded and participated in the American sporting culture as athletes, coaches, owners, and fans. The diversity of topics in this volume reflect that the field of the history of American Jews and sports is growing and has moved beyond the need to overcome the idea that Jews are simply People of the Book. The contributions to this volume paint a broad picture of Jewish participation in sports, with essays written by respected historians who have examined specific sports, individuals, leagues, cities, and the impact of sport on Judaism. Despite the continued belief that Jewish religious or cultural identity remains somehow distinct from the American idea of the athlete, the volume demonstrates that American Jews have had a tremendous contribution to American sportsand conversely, that sports have helped construct American Jewish culture and identity
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Sclar, Ari F. Beyond Stereotypes : American Jews and Sports West Lafayette : Purdue University Press,c2015 9781557536990
Subject Jewish athletes -- United States.;Jews -- Sports -- United States.;Jews -- United States -- Identity
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Alt Author Sclar, Arif
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