The Sport of Kings: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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"Th[is] book displays a welcome interdisciplinary vision, being informed by sociological, economic, and historical perspectives...[a] precisely written and imaginative study." Business History Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004879
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Headquarters 13
3 Keeping it in the family 31
4 At the races 49
5 Having a flutter 66
6 Going once, going twice ... 88
7 One of the lads 106
8 Doing it for Daddy 124
9 Blood will tell 140
10 Conclusions 161
List of references 174
Index 183
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