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The Dodgers and Male Bar Culture

Carl E. Prince

in Brooklyn's Dodgers

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115789
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854066 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115789.003.0006
The Dodgers and Male Bar Culture

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This chapter argues that no institution better underscored that fact of life, in Brooklyn at least, than the neighborhood tavern. The use of male culture was described as a symbol of both the depth of the symbiotic relationship between Brooklyn and the Dodgers, as well as the male working-class world of Brooklyn that characterized a slice of the broader culture of this isolated borough. Brooklyn's bars, though, were peculiarly Dodger-oriented, characterized by two forces: they were aggressively male working-class preserves that offered cultural refuge to their denizens, and they reeked of baseball and beer. The bars, then, deserve a short chapter of their own in this context, for they provide a revealing glimpse into the importance of the Dodgers to the generalized culture of the community.

Keywords: tavern; symbiotic; culture; borough; bar; denizens; community

Chapter.  3669 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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