Book Review: 'Gambling and survival in native North America' by Paul Pasquaretta

Cassidy, Rebecca. 2007. Book Review: 'Gambling and survival in native North America' by Paul Pasquaretta. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13(3), pp. 753-754. ISSN 1359-0987 [Article]

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This book is a welcome addition to the burgeoning field of literature that considers Indian gaming. Its most valuable contribution is that it draws upon a variety of data in order to answer complex questions about the ‘Indianness’ of gaming and whether the involvement of groups such as the Pequots of southeastern Connecticut in commercial gaming can be seen as a form of resistance. It is unfortunate that Gambling and survival predates a number of widely read books by journalists including Jeff Benedict and Brett Duval Fromson that present the identity claims of the Pequot as more or less instrumental (and sometimes corrupt). It would have been interesting if Pasquaretta had been able to engage with these arguments.

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24 May 2011 14:01

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