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The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings
Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket

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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521004879

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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.

    • Unique 'behind the scenes' description of racing society in Britain
    • Based on first-hand experience of all aspects of the subject matter, including riding and caring for the racehorses
    • Strong contribution to debates in anthropology on the status of kinship, relations between humans and animals, reproductive technologies and ideas of 'nature' and the 'natural'
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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

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521004879
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.441kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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
    List of references

  • Author

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

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