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In search of phantom fortunes: working-class gambling in Britain c.1906-61

Laybourn, Keith (2014) In search of phantom fortunes: working-class gambling in Britain c.1906-61. In: The Historical Association Conference 2014, 16th-17th May 2014, Stratford upon Avon, UK.

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Determined attempts were made by the middle classes, and some religions, to legally stamp out working-class gambling in the early twentieth century since it was seen as immoral, corrupt, wasteful, godless and the surefire way to poverty. However, working-class gambling was a small-scale, affordable and endemic part working-class culture and as greyhound racing, the football pools and other forms of credit and on-course gambling expanded it was inevitable that eventually offcourse money-ready gambling would be legalised, as it was in 1961. Had the middle classes not become concerned about the growth of the pools, greyhound racing and the Irish Sweepstake Lottery in the interwar years the law would have been changed earlier.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 09:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:41


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