The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Age of Chance

Gambling in Western Culture, 1st Edition

By Gerda Reith


228 pages

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New in Paperback: 9780415263092
pub: 2002-01-17
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pub: 1999-08-26
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pub: 2005-08-05
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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.


'The Age of Chance is a wonderful book, scholarly and at the same time compulsive reading'

- Heather Worth, University of Auckland

'…one of the great strengths of The Age of Chance is that it reads well and is certainly a cover to cover read.'

'…a comprehensive and intriguing look at what actually happens when we gamble and why gambling is so popular. Reviewing this book now, more than ten years after first being published, shows that it’s certainly a worthwhile read because, at the risk of sounding cliché, it’s passing the test of time.'

4/5 Stars

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General