The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings

Kinship, Class, and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket

eBook - 2002
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The Sport of Kings is an ethnography of the British racing industry based upon two years of participant observation in Newmarket, the international headquarters of flat racing. Racing in Britain provides a lens through which ideas of class, status, tradition and hierarchy can be examined in an environment which is both superficially familiar and richly exotic. This book explores concepts about 'nature' specific to thoroughbred racehorse breeding, and pursues the idea that in making statements about animals, we reveal something of ourselves. It explains the action that takes place on racecourses, in training yards, on studs and at bloodstock auctions. It analyses the consumption of racing through betting on the racecourse and in betting shops, and it proffers an insightful description of a unique class system: that of the humans and animals involved in the production of British flat racing.
Publisher: Cambridge ; 2002. Cambridge University Press,
ISBN: 9780511613760
0511613768
9780511177613
0511177615
9780511016417
0511016417
052100487X
9780521004879
0521808774
9780521808774
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 186 pages) : map

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