Posted:  Mar. 3, 2014

Sport and the Shaping of Italian-American Identity  This book represents an interdisciplinary analysis of the role of sport in the formation of an ethnic identity and the transition in that identity across four generations. It portrays the struggles, the triumphs, and the ambiguities of the assimilation process.

An interesting book on Italian Americans and how sports and sport figures played a role in their lives. The first three chapters or so talks about the life of the Italian American in the U.S. and the prejudice not only from the people already here but also from the Northern Italian to the Southern Italian and Sicilians. The first few generations that came over very few played any sports there was a few that run track but it really was not until the 20s when some of the more baseball players were Italians and then boxers that boys start to think about maybe sports. Still many of them had to work first to help support the family. That is why the older boys are usually the ones that stayed home and the younger ones played ball. Joe DiMaggio for example had three older brothers 2 became fisherman like their father the next oldest played pro ball though you never hear of him he helped break the news for Joe and his younger brother Dom to go and play baseball with the hopes of making it to the pros. Not a bad book but for me it was a slow read. A lot of the information I already knew but if you don’t know the plight of the Italian immigrant in the U.S. this is a good book. I got this book from net galley.

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