Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City

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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 ...

Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City 2003, University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign, IL

ISBN-13: 9780252028281

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