Horseracing and the British, 1919-39
This is a detailed consideration of the history of racing in British culture and society and an exploration of the cultural world of racing during the inter-war years. the supposedly respectable middle classes, and gave some working-class groups hope and consolation during economically difficult times. Regular attendance and increased spending on betting were found across class and generation and women too were keen participants. Enjoyed by the Royal Family and controlled by the Jockey Club and National Hunt Committee, racing's visible emphasis on rank and status helped defend hierarchy and gentlemanly amateurism and provided support for more conservative British attitudes. The mass media provided a cumulative cultural validation of racing, helping define national and regional identity and encouraging the affluent consumption of sporting experience and frank enjoyment of betting. exploration of the internal culture of racing itself: the racecourse and course life, trainers and jockeys, owners and breeders. be of value for undergraduate courses on the history of modern British society, sport and cultural studies and should be welcomed by racing enthusiasts everywhere.
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The racing business between the wars
Horseracing the media and British leisure culture 191839
Offcourse betting bookmaking and the British
Declining opposition to betting on racing
the racecourse and racecourse life
Jockeys trainers and the microworld of the stable
Breeders and owners
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