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The Sport of Kingsby Rebecca Cassidy
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This unique "behind the scenes" description of British flat racing is based on first hand experiences in Newmarket, the Suffolk town regarded as the international headquarters of the sport. Cassidy offers an insider's look at the rituals of horseracing--including those on the racecourse and at the bloodstock auction--and shows how racing, betting and the bloodstock industry are connected. Her insightful descriptions of the class structure of Newmarket explain how racing professionals preserve both the sport and their status quo.
A unique 'behind the scenes' description of British flat racing based on the experiences of an academic living and working in Newmarket, the Suffolk town regarded as the international headquarters of flat racing. Rebecca Cassidy offers explanations of the rituals involved in horseracing, including those that take place on the racecourse and at the bloodstock auction, and shows how racing, betting and the bloodstock industry fit together. She gives insightful descriptions of the class structure of Newmarket and explains how the racing professionals preserve their authority within the industry.
'Behind the scenes' description of British flat racing based on Cassidy's experiences working in Newmarket.
About the Author
REBECCA CASSIDY is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Table of Contents
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.
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