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"How did American Jewish men experience manhood, and how did they present their masculinity to others? In this distinctive book, Sarah Imhoff shows that the project of shaping American Jewish manhood was not just one of assimilation or exclusion. Jewish manhood was neither a mirror of normative American manhood nor its negative, effeminate opposite. Imhoff demonstrates how early twentieth-century Jews constructed a gentler, less aggressive manhood, drawn partly from the American pioneer spirit and immigration experience, but also from Hollywood and the YMCA, which required intense cultivation of a muscled male physique. She contends that these models helped Jews articulate the value of an acculturated American Judaism. Tapping into a rich historical literature to reveal how Jews looked at masculinity differently than Protestants of other religious groups, Imhoff illuminates the particular experience of American Jewish men"-- Provided by publisher.

Title Masculinity and the making of American Judaism / Sarah Imhoff.
Publisher Bloomington
Indianapolis : Indiana University Press
Creation Date 2017
Content Part I: An American Religion. 1. The Reasonableness of Judaism: An American Theology -- 2. Manly Missions: Jews, Christians, and American Religious Masculinity -- Part II: The Healthy Body and the Land -- 3. Go West, Young Jew: The Galveston Movement, Immigrant Men, and the Pioneer Spirit -- 4. Israelite-Indian Identification: Claiming a Manly Past for American Judaism -- 5. Afternoon Calisthenics at Woodbine: Jewish Agriculture, Religious Ambivalence, and the Male Body -- 6. The Courageous Diaspora: Masculinity and the Development of American Zionism -- Part III: The Abnormal and the Criminal -- 7. Soft Criminals: Theodore Bingham and the Gender of Jewish Crime -- 8. Leo Frank and Jewish Sexuality -- 9. Bad Jews: The Leopold and Loeb Hearing.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Format vii, 300 pages : illustrations
23 cm.
Language English
Copyright Date ©2017
Identifier ISBN9780253026064
ISBN0253026067
ISBN9780253026217
ISBN0253026210
System Number 990039346860205171

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