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The Sport of Kings: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket

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This unique "behind the scenes" description of British flat racing is based on first hand experiences in Newmarket, the Suffolk town regarded as the international headquarters of the sport. Cassidy offers an insider's look at the rituals of horseracing--including those on the racecourse and at the bloodstock auction--and shows how racing, betting and the bloodstock ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 29th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 31st 1998)
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Thoroughbred racehorses are perhaps the quintessential luxury item: expensive, of no practical value, and with a use that is thoroughly political (in the broad, non-party, power-based sense of the word). This excellent ethnography of the British home of Thoroughbred racing Newmarket shows just how political the Thoroughbred is, and equally just how uncomfortably it straddles the human:non-human/nature:culture boundary. Cassidy shows us a society rooted in tradition, conservatism, mysticism, ...more
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