Are all men equal on the turf and under it?’

Cassidy, Rebecca. 2000. Are all men equal on the turf and under it?’. Newsletter for the Society for the Study of Gambling, 34, pp. 13-20. [Article]

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This paper argues that one of the attractions of betting on racehorses is that it enables the negotiation of class differences. It describes betting as a source of images of social mobility and equality in contrast to the fixed nature of social relations in the racing industry. It takes to task the favourite saying of the racing fraternity, that, ‘all men are equal on the turf and under it’. It draws upon fieldwork spent with two groups of punters who can be found in any British betting ring: ‘mugs’ and professionals.

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15 Jun 2015 14:31

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16 Jun 2017 10:51


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