The Labor of Luck: Casino Capitalism in the United States and South Africa / Edition 1

The Labor of Luck: Casino Capitalism in the United States and South Africa / Edition 1

by Jeff Sallaz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520259491

ISBN-13: 9780520259492

Pub. Date: 10/02/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

In this gripping ethnography, Jeffrey J. Sallaz goes behind the scenes of the global casino industry to investigate the radically different worlds of work and leisure he found while investigating identically designed casinos in the United States and South Africa. Seamlessly weaving political and economic history with his own personal experience, Sallaz provides a

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In this gripping ethnography, Jeffrey J. Sallaz goes behind the scenes of the global casino industry to investigate the radically different worlds of work and leisure he found while investigating identically designed casinos in the United States and South Africa. Seamlessly weaving political and economic history with his own personal experience, Sallaz provides a riveting account of two years spent working among both countries' casino dealers, pit bosses, and politicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259492
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: Dealing with Globalization 1

Part I Behind The Tables 27

1 Nevada: Learning to Deal 29

2 Silver State Casino: Entrepreneurs at Work 41

3 South Africa: Gambling with Empowerment 71

4 Gold City Casino: Effacing Labor 89

Part II Beyond the Scenes 111

5 The Politics of Producing Service 113

6 Cut from the Same Cloth: Convergent Historical Origins 126

7 The Birth of Regulation: States, Stigmata, and Symbolic Capital 162

8 Of Dice and Men: Divergent Modes of Management 197

Conclusion: Casino Capitalism and Politico-Performativity 235

Methodological Appendix: Comparative Ethnography and Reflexive Science 251

Notes 261

Bibliography 293

Index 311

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