Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City
How individuals and groups confront uncertainty in all areas of their lives
The first 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 cafés, 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 state bureaucracy and national identity.
By moving beyond risk and fate as unexamined analytical categories, Malaby presents a new model for research concerning indeterminacy, seeing it as arising from stochastic, performative, and other sources. Gambling Life questions the longstanding valorization of order and pattern in the social sciences.
To order online:
To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)
Reflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture
Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J.R. Osborn
The Olonkho Epic in a Changing World
Robin P. Harris
Edited by Drid Williams and Brenda Farnell
Spirit Mediumship and Ritual Healing
Peter J. Hoesing
Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism
Jason G. Strange
Edited by Ellen Koskoff
Everyday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Art of Playing the Ney
Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists
Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life