The Sport of Kings

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August 2002



'Behind the scenes' description of British flat racing based on Cassidy's experiences working in Newmarket.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Headquarters; 3. Keeping it in the family; 4. At the races; 5. Having a flutter; 6. Going once, going twice ...; 7. One of the lads; 8. Doing it for Daddy; 9. Blood will tell; 10. Conclusions; List of references; Index.


Rebecca Cassidy is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


'This is an exhilarating book. You feel affection and empathy for Newmarket people ... Above all, the reader feels affection towards the author ... we watch over her, sleeping in the back of a smelly horse box, returning from a race ... [The book] is both academic and animal, with the author putting herself on the line.' Times Higher Education Supplement '... a finely nuanced analytical and interpretative account of the society and culture that centers on producing and interacting with the most expensive animals in the world. Anthrozoology needs many more such studies.' Anthrozoos 'This entertaining book deals with kinship, class, and breeding through an ethnographic study of the racing industry, and, specifically, of the Newmarket stud farm and racing stables ... Her background is comfortable enough for her to move between different social groups, her authorial expertise deriving from her roles as owner, trainer, trainer's assistant, stable lass, and stud hand. ... This enjoyable book is recommended as a case study to those who wish to have some idea of the interaction of British class, capital, and kinship in the racing industry, without the financial outlay that hands-on experience requires.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
EAN: 9780521004879
ISBN: 052100487X
Untertitel: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket. map. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2002
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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