The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Games & Activities - 207 pages
This fascinating and extensive study, enlivened by interviews with British and American gamblers, will be enthralling reading not just for those interested in the cultural and social implications of gambling - researchers in sociology, cultural studies and the history of ideas - but for anyone interested in how we create meaning in an increasingly insecure world.
 

Contents

The idea of chance
13
CHANCE AND DETERMINISM
19
Pascal
25
Chance in Britain
31
Risk
39
Dice
45
Lots
54
Speculation
60
Playgrounds a map of the modern gambling sites
88
The lottery
98
Bingo
104
The bookmaker
111
www casino com
123
The experience of play
126
The magicalreligious worldview
156
References
185

Stratification and commercialisation
71
Dice
77

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