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Sport and the Shaping of Italian American Identity

Gerald R. Gems

Cloth $45.00s    |    978-0-8156-3341-9    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5254-0

"A comprehensive vision of Italian-Americans’ historical place in (but more often out) of the mainstream of American society, and he does it specifically through the lens of their participation in American sport. . . . Gems’ study of the evolution of Italian-American identity vis–à–vis Italian-Americans’ participation in sporting pastimes in the US is not only well-written and structured but also excellently researched."—Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature

"Gems brilliantly contextualizes a still evolving ethnic identity. Iconic Italian American sports figures elicit telling commentary, but so do representative men and women. Specialists and general readers will find the volume accessible, interesting, and significant."—William Simons, director, Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture

  Sport and the Shaping of Italian American Identity

  Gerald R. Gems is professor in the Health and Physical Education Department at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books, including The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism.

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6 x 9, 336 pages, tables, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index

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