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"A cogent piece of work whose text flows beautifully with engaging analysis and nice ethnographic detail. Malaby makes a major contribution to anthropological thinking about its core concept--culture--by introducing risk and indeterminacy into the conversation."

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How individuals and groups confront uncertainty in all areas of their lives.  (First full-fledged monograph on gambling.)
 
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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252028287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252028281
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,032,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This study of gambling and everyday life in Chania, Crete, is an outstanding example of how anthropological ethnography can contribute to larger debates in the social sciences while remaining accessible and engaging to the casual reader. The author's intellectual objective is to shed light on reigning theories of risk and indeterminacy by exploring in finely grained detail how risk is operative and is experienced, interpreted and strategized against/upon by social actors in real life. The setting of the study is ideal for this purpose, as social life in this town is organized for many around the playing, practice and performance of gambling. A range of useful and non-jargony conceptual tools for capturing the experience of uncertainty are introduced (performative indeterminacy, instrumental nonchalance, e.g.), which heighten the feeling that true insight is occurring here. In fact, it is one of the impressive achievements of this book, that it manages to engage the serious scholar in ongoing disciplinary debates (about risk theory, social poetics, modernity and the state) while remaining a perfectly charming read for the nonspecialist.
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