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Sport and British JewryIntegration, ethnicity and anti-Semitism, 1890–1970$
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David Dee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087608

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087608.001.0001

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Integration and Anglicisation

Integration and Anglicisation

(p.14) 1 Integration and Anglicisation
Sport and British Jewry

David Dee

Manchester University Press

Chapter one is mainly concerned with examining how physical recreation became intertwined with immigrant Jewish ‘Anglicisation’ during the period between 1890 and the 1930s. In particular, this chapter deals with efforts to hasten the integration of Eastern European Jewish migrants who arrived in Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As well as demonstrating that physical recreation was seen by the Jewish elites as a way of facilitating the ‘Anglicisation’ of immigrant children, the chapter also shows how competitive sport was used to undermine wider notions of immigrant Jewish social and cultural ‘aloofness’. The case study of Harold Abrahams, the famous English-Jewish sprinter, reveals that sporting achievement acted as a catalyst for integration. Participation and interest in sport aided immigrant acculturation and helped in the formation of ‘English-Jewish’ characters, mentalities and physiques.

Keywords:   Sport, Jew, Jewish, Integration, Acculturation, Migrant, Alien, Anglicisation, Harold Abrahams

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