Going to the Dogs: A History of Greyhound Racing in Britain, 1926-2017

Keith Laybourn

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Abstract

Greyhound racing emerged rapidly in Britain in 1926 but in its early years was subject to rabid institutional middle-class opposition largely because of the legal gambling opportunities it offered to the working class. Though condemned as a dissipate and impoverishing activity, it was, in fact, a significant leisure opportunity for the working class, which cost little for the minority of bettors involved in what was clearly little more than a 'bit of the flutter' , This book is the first national study of greyhound racing in Britain from its beginnings, to its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, and up its long slow decline of the late twentieth century. Much of the study will be defined by the dominating issue of working-class gambling and the bitter opposition to both it and greyhound racing, although the attractions of this 'American Night Out' will also be examined.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages240
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781526114532
ISBN (Print)9781526114518
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019

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Working Class
History
Gambling
Costs
Night
1930s
Attraction
Heyday
1940s
Middle Class
Minorities
Leisure

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Laybourn, K. (2019). Going to the Dogs: A History of Greyhound Racing in Britain, 1926-2017. (1 ed.) Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Laybourn, Keith. / Going to the Dogs : A History of Greyhound Racing in Britain, 1926-2017. 1 ed. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. 240 p.
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