Friday Forfeit: Participation Issues in Jewish Junior Basketball

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Burke, Michael and Hallinan, Christopher J (2007) Friday Forfeit: Participation Issues in Jewish Junior Basketball. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2 (1-2). pp. 16-26. ISSN 1475-8962


An ethnographic approach was used to investigate the significance of basketball participation to the development of Jewish identity in Melbourne, Australia. Informants suggested that participation in sport generally, and basketball specifically, allowed them to exemplify an identity that countered stereotypical views of Jewish people as non-sporting and bookish, held by many Australians. Sport also provided an attractive, and economic, site for many in the Jewish population to identify as Jewish with safety. It was concluded that these important benefits should outweigh any administrative difficulties that sporting organisations may face in catering for the requirements of the Jewish religion.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1504/IJSMM.2007.011387
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > SEO Classification > 9502 Communication
Keywords ResPubID12790, Jewish people, identity, basketball, equal opportunities, Australia, stereotyping, sport management, participation, ethnography
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