Searching for my brothers : Jewish men in a gentile world / Jeffrey K. Salkin.
Jeffrey K. Salkin 1954-Book
"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.
Masculinity and the making of American Judaism / Sarah Imhoff.
Indianapolis : Indiana University Press
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.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
vii, 300 pages : illustrations
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