Jews and the Sporting Life

Jews and the Sporting Life : Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII

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Volume XXIII of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the role of sports in modern Jewish history. The centrality of sports in modern life-in popular and even in high culture, in economic life, in the media, in international and national politics, and in forging ethnic identities-can hardly be exaggerated, but in the field of Jewish studies this subject has been somewhat neglected, at least until recently. Students of American Jewish history, for example, often emphasize the role of sports in the Americanization of the immigrants, while students of Jewish nationalism pay closer attention to its appeal for the regeneration of the Jewish nation, as well as the creation of a new, healthy, Jewish body. The essays brought together in Jews and the Sporting Life expand the body of knowledge about the place sports occupied, and continue to occupy, in Jewish life. They examine the connection between sports and Jewish nationalism, particularly Zionism, and how organized Jewish sports have been an agent of nation-building. They consider the role of Jews as owners of sports teams, as amateur and professional athletes, and as fans and bettors. Other themes include sports and Jewish literature, and boxing as a sport that enabled Jewish men to prove their masculinity in a world that often stereotyped them as weak and "feminine." This volume concentrates on twentieth century developments in Israel, Europe, and the United States.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195382919
  • 9780195382914
  • 1,986,403

About Ezra Mendelsohn

The Studies in Contemporary Jewry series is edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding, and Ezra Mendelsohn, who teach Jewish history, society, and politics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ezra Mendelsohn, the editor of Volume XXIII, is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University. He is author of On Modern Jewish Politics, among other titles.show more

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A welcome addition to the literature on contemporary Jewry. The series serves the needs of the intelligent layman as well as the scholar and The Hebrew University's Institute of Contemporary Jewry, which sponsors the project, can be proud of its achievement. * The Jerusalem Post * [Studies in Contemporary Jewry] has quickly established itself as one of the most important yearly publications in the world of Jewish scholarship. * American Jewish Archives *show more