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Ambivalent EmbraceJewish Upward Mobility in Postwar America$
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Rachel Kranson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635439

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635439.001.0001

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What Kind of Job Is That for a Nice Jewish Boy?

What Kind of Job Is That for a Nice Jewish Boy?

Masculinity in an Upwardly Mobile Community

(p.97) Four What Kind of Job Is That for a Nice Jewish Boy?
Ambivalent Embrace

Rachel Kranson

University of North Carolina Press

In the 1950s and early 1960s, American Jews wrestled with new models of masculinity that their new economic position enabled. For many American Jewish novelists, intellectuals, and clergy of the 1950s and early 1960s, the communal pressure on Jewish men to become middle-class breadwinners betrayed older, more Jewishly-authentic, notions of appropriate masculinity. Their writing promoted alternative, Jewish masculine ideals such as the impoverished scholar and the self-sacrificing soldier, crafting a profoundly gendered critique of Jewish upward mobility.

Keywords:   Jewish, masculinity, middle-class, breadwinner, scholar, soldier

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