Gambling Life by Thomas M. Malaby
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Gambling Life
By Thomas M. Malaby

Gambling Life

Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City

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Gambling Life by Thomas M. Malaby

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The only ethnography devoted to the practice of gambling as its core subject, Gambling Life considers the stakes of social action in one community on the island of Crete. Backgammon cafes, card clubs, and hidden gambling rooms in the city of Chania provide the context for Thomas M. Malaby to examine the ways in which people confront uncertainty in their lives. He shows how the dynamics of gambling -- risk, fate, uncertainty, and luck -- are reflected in other aspects of gamblers' lives from courtship and mortality to state bureaucracy and national identity. By moving beyond risk and fate as unexamined analytical categories, Malaby presents a new model for research concerning indeterminacy, seeing it as arising from stochastic, performative, and other sources. Gambling Life questions the longstanding valorization of order and pattern in the social sciences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252028281
ISBN-10: 0252028287
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 164mm x 18mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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