For the Community: A Case Study of Jewish Junior Basketball Identity

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Burke, Michael and Hallinan, Christopher J (2006) For the Community: A Case Study of Jewish Junior Basketball Identity. In: Sociology for a mobile world : TASA 2006 : annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association, University of Western Australia & Murdoch University, 4-7 December 2006. Colic-Peiske, Val, Tilbury, Farida and McNamara, Bev, eds. The Sociological Association of Australia, Hawthorn, Victoria.


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.

Item type Book Section
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ISBN 1740521390
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2204 Religion and Religious Traditions
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords ResPubID10341, Australian sport institutions, religious beliefs and customs, elite junior basketball league, Jewish community in Melbourne, Judean tennis club of Melbourne, Sabbath Sport Statute, Jewish sporting community
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