Gambling Life


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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 164.1 x 233.7 x 18.3mm | 430.92g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252028287
  • 9780252028281

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ADVANCE PRAISE "A cogent piece of work whose text flows beautifully with engaging analysis and nice ethnographic detail. Malaby makes a major contribution to anthropological thinking about its core concept --culture -- by introducing risk and indeterminacy into the conversation." -- Janet Hart, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and the author of New Voices in the Nation: Women and the Greek Resistanceshow more

Table of contents

Introduction - engaging uncertainties; shifting ground; things not being equal; poker and locating the modern; playing the state's game; zaria - solitude among many; confronting more

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