The Sport of Kings

Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket


Author: Rebecca Cassidy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521004879

Category: Pets

Page: 186

View: 7708

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 industry are connected. Her insightful descriptions of the class structure of Newmarket explain how racing professionals preserve both the sport and their status quo.

Die Thyssens

Familie und Vermögen


Author: Simone Derix

Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh

ISBN: 3657779744

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 1196

Immenses Vermögen, transnationale Mobilität, ein globales Familiennetzwerk und erbitterte Konflikte sind die Kennzeichen der Familie Thyssen im 20. Jahrhundert. Ihr Vermögen bietet den zentralen Schlüssel für das Leben der Thyssens seit dem letzten Drittel des 19. Jahrhunderts. Es ermöglichte extravagante Lebensweisen in Europa, den USA und Südamerika. Es stand im Zentrum heftiger Konflikte innerhalb der Familie; ihm galt in Kriegs- und Krisenzeiten aber auch die gemeinsame Sorge. Um es zu erhalten und zu mehren, entwickelten die Thyssens Strategien, ihr Vermögen international möglichst unsichtbar zu streuen. Sie nahmen dabei Praktiken vorweg, die in manchem dem globalen Finanzkapitalismus der Gegenwart nahe kamen. Erstmals nimmt die Studie das ganze Spektrum der Beteiligten im Zusammenspiel von Familie und Vermögen in den Blick – von den männlichen und weiblichen Thyssens über ihre Hausangestellten bis hin zu ihren zahlreichen Rechts- und Finanzberatern.

Zwei Bürgerleben in der Öffentlichkeit

Die Brüder Fritz Thyssen und Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza


Author: Felix de Taillez

Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh

ISBN: 3657784454

Category: History

Page: 546

View: 8918

Fritz und Heinrich Thyssen traten Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts als reiche Söhne des Konzerngründers August ins Licht medialer Öffentlichkeiten. Während der eine als Geldgeber Hitlers in die Geschichte einging, begründete der andere eine private Kunstsammlung von Weltrang. Öffentlichkeit stellt eine zentrale Kategorie im Leben und Handeln von Bürgern aus der Wirtschaftselite dar. Felix de Taillez untersucht das Medieninteresse an den prominenten Brüdern von Heinrichs frühen Skandalen bis zu Fritz' Aufstieg und Fall im NS-Regime. Das Buch arbeitet ihre unterschiedlichen Verhaltensweisen in der Öffentlichkeit und spezifischen Formen der Mediennutzung heraus – der eine zunehmend distanziert, der andere auch international umso exponierter. Ihre Images waren gegensätzlich: Fritz Thyssen als politisch engagierter "Wirtschaftsführer" und Heinrich Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza als ebenso weltläufiger wie zurückhaltender "Aristokrat".

Horse People

Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket


Author: Rebecca Louise Cassidy

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801895960

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 6833

The world of Thoroughbred racing is glamorous, secretive, dangerous, and seductive—the sport of kings and the poor man's obsession. While the spectacle of racing stirs the imagination, it belies the ruthless business that lies beneath. This engaging original study demystifies this complex world by comparing centers of excellence in Britain and North America. Drawing from intensive field work in Suffolk's Newmarket and Kentucky's Lexington, Rebecca Cassidy gives us the inside track on all players in the industry—from the elite breeders and owners to the stable boys, racetrack workers, and veterinarians. She leads us through horse farms, breeding barns, and yearling sales; explains rigorous training regimens; and brings us trackside on race day. But the history of Thoroughbred racing culture is more than a collection of fascinating characters and exciting events. Cassidy's investigation reveals the factors—ethical, cultural, political, and economic—that have shaped the racing tradition. -- Margaret Taylor

Kinship and Beyond

The Genealogical Model Reconsidered


Author: Sandra C. Bamford,James Leach

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845454227

Category: Science

Page: 292

View: 7011

The genealogical model has a long-standing history in Western thought. The contributors to this volume consider the ways in which assumptions about the genealogical model—in particular, ideas concerning sequence, essence, and transmission—structure other modes of practice and knowledge-making in domains well beyond what is normally labeled “kinship.” The detailed ethnographic work and analysis included in this text explores how these assumptions have been built into our understandings of race, personhood, ethnicity, property relations, and the relationship between human beings and non-human species. The authors explore the influences of the genealogical model of kinship in wider social theory and examine anthropology's ability to provide a unique framework capable of bridging the “social” and “natural” sciences. In doing so, this volume brings fresh new perspectives to bear on contemporary theories concerning biotechnology and its effect upon social life.

Lines of the Nation

Indian Railway Workers, Bureaucracy, and the Intimate Historical Self


Author: Laura Bear

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511515

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 1004

Lines of the Nation radically recasts the history of the Indian railways, which have long been regarded as vectors of modernity and economic prosperity. From the design of carriages to the architecture of stations, employment hierarchies, and the construction of employee housing, Laura Bear explores the new public spaces and social relationships created by the railway bureaucracy. She then traces their influence on the formation of contemporary Indian nationalism, personal sentiments, and popular memory. Her probing study challenges entrenched beliefs concerning the institutions of modernity and capitalism by showing that these rework older idioms of social distinction and are legitimized by forms of intimate, affective politics. Drawing on historical and ethnographic research in the company town at Kharagpur and at the Eastern Railway headquarters in Kolkata (Calcutta), Bear focuses on how political and domestic practices among workers became entangled with the moralities and archival technologies of the railway bureaucracy and illuminates the impact of this history today. The bureaucracy has played a pivotal role in the creation of idioms of family history, kinship, and ethics, and its special categorization of Anglo-Indian workers still resonates. Anglo-Indians were formed as a separate railway caste by Raj-era racial employment and housing policies, and other railway workers continue to see them as remnants of the colonial past and as a polluting influence. The experiences of Anglo-Indians, who are at the core of the ethnography, reveal the consequences of attempts to make political communities legitimate in family lines and sentiments. Their situation also compels us to rethink the importance of documentary practices and nationalism to all family histories and senses of relatedness. This interdisciplinary anthropological history throws new light not only on the imperial and national past of South Asia but also on the moral life of present technologies and economic institutions.

Masterminding Nature

The Breeding of Animals, 1750-2010


Author: Margaret E. Derry

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442626526

Category: History

Page: 310

View: 7653

Canadian historian Margaret Derry examines the evolution of modern animal breeding from the invention of improved breeding methods in 18th-century England to the application of molecular genetics in the 1980s and 1990s.

Animals and Society

An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies


Author: Margo DeMello

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526768

Category: Nature

Page: 488

View: 8264

Considering that much of human society is structured through its interaction with non-human animals, and since human society relies heavily on the exploitation of animals to serve human needs, human–animal studies has become a rapidly expanding field of research, featuring a number of distinct positions, perspectives, and theories that require nuanced explanation and contextualization. The first book to provide a full overview of human–animal studies, this volume focuses on the conceptual construction of animals in American culture and the way in which it reinforces and perpetuates hierarchical human relationships rooted in racism, sexism, and class privilege. Margo DeMello considers interactions between humans and animals within the family, the law, the religious and political system, and other major social institutions, and she unpacks the different identities humans fashion for themselves and for others through animals. Essays also cover speciesism and evolutionary continuities; the role and preservation of animals in the wild; the debate over zoos and the use of animals in sports; domestication; agricultural practices such as factory farming; vivisection; animal cruelty; animal activism; the representation of animals in literature and film; and animal ethics. Sidebars highlight contemporary controversies and issues, with recommendations for additional reading, educational films, and related websites. DeMello concludes with an analysis of major philosophical positions on human social policy and the future of human–animal relations.

The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing


Author: Rebecca Cassidy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495733

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 249

View: 1030

People have been racing horses for thousands of years, all over the world. Yet horseracing is often presented as an English creation that was exported, unaltered, to the colonies. This Companion investigates the intersection of racing and literature, art, history and finance, casting the sport as the product of cross-class, cosmopolitan and international influences. Chapters on racing history and the origins of the thoroughbred demonstrate how the gift of a fast horse could forge alliances between nations, and the extent to which international power dynamics can be traced back to racetracks and breeding sheds. Leading scholars and journalists draw on original research and firsthand experience to create portraits of the racetracks of Newmarket, Kentucky, the Curragh, and Hunter Valley, exposing readers to new racing frontiers in China and Dubai as well. A unique resource for fans and scholars alike, reopening essential questions regarding the legacy and importance of horseracing today.

Risky Relations

Family, Kinship and the New Genetics


Author: Katie Featherstone,Paul Atkinson,Aditya Bharadwaj,Angus Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781845201791

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 3693

More and more conditions are now identified as having a genetic component, and controversial new genetic technologies potentially have major consequences for social relations and self-identity. How do family members respond to the information that they have a genetically transmitted disease or condition? How do they communicate (or not communicate) about their shared heritage? How do they decide who to tell and who not to tell within their family? Richly illustrated with the real experiences of individuals and families, Risky Relations is essential reading for anthropologists and sociologists of health and medicine, specialists in family and kinship, and health professionals concerned with the treatment and counseling of clients with genetic conditions. The lived impact of genetic technology on understanding within families with genetic conditions has never been systematically explored.

Where the wild things are now

domestication reconsidered


Author: Rebecca Cassidy,Molly H. Mullin,Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845201531

Category: Nature

Page: 309

View: 9424

Domestication has often seemed a matter of the distant past, a series of distinct events involving humans and other species that took place long ago. Today, as genetic manipulation continues to break new barriers in scientific and medical research, we appear to be entering an age of biological control. Are we also writing a new chapter in the history of domestication? Where the Wild Things Are Nowexplores the relevance of domestication for anthropologists and scholars in related fields who are concerned with understanding ongoing change in processes affecting humans as well as other species. From the pet food industry and its critics to salmon farming in Tasmania, the protection of endangered species in Vietnam and the pigeon fanciers who influenced Darwin, Where the Wild Things Are Nowprovides an urgently needed re-examination of the concept of domestication against the shifting background of relationships between humans, animals and plants.

Dolly mixtures

the remaking of genealogy


Author: Sarah Franklin

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Category: Reference

Page: 253

View: 6041

A cultural analysis of Dolly, the cloned sheep.


Power, Grace and Decadence : Britain's Great Ruling Classes Since 1066


Author: Lawrence James

Publisher: Little Brown GBR


Category: Aristocracy (Social class)

Page: 438

View: 6472

For nine hundred years the British aristocracy has considered itself ideally qualified to rule others, make laws and guide the fortunes of the nation. Tracing the history of this remarkable supremacy, ARISTOCRATS is a story of wars, intrigue, chicanery and extremes of both selflessness and greed. James also illuminates how the aristocracy's infatuation with classical art has forged our heritage, how its love of sport has shaped our pastimes and values - and how its scandals have entertained the public. Impeccably researched, balanced and brilliantly entertaining, ARISTOCRATS is an enthralling history of power, influence and an extraordinary knack for survival.


annali di storia e civiltà del gioco


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: 232

View: 8295

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport


Author: David Levinson,Karen Christensen

Publisher: Berkshire Publishing Group LLC

ISBN: 9780974309118

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1816

View: 3265

"Covers the whole world of sport, from major professional sports and sporting events to community and youth sport, as well as the business of sports and key social issues"--Provided by publisher.

Books in Print


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.