The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers

The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers


By (author) Kate Fox

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  • Publisher: Metro Books, London
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 197mm x 21mm | 286g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843581566
  • ISBN 13: 9781843581567
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 x 32 bw photos
  • Sales rank: 784,860

Product description

Anthropologists are supposed to do their research in uncomfortable parts of the world but for Kate Fox, investigating the Racing Tribe meant wandering around nowhere more inhospitable than racetracks. It's here that she saw a tribal subculture with distinctive customs and rituals. Kate gives a witty description of the strange ceremonies observed by racegoers and their special codes of behaviour. The personal story of interviewing half-naked jockeys in weighing rooms, overcoming a fear of the scary trainers and struggling to understand the tribe's strange dialect gives this book an endearing human dimension. A day at the races will never seem the same again.

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Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, is co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxofrd and a Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Research. She monitors and assesses global sociocultural trends, researching and writing on many aspects of human behaviour, including drinking, flirting and gossip.