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Arly a horse person but as a good anthropologist is never in thrall to her field r her paricipantsinformants she is as Michael Agar defined the anthropologist a professional stranger One who as with many anthropologists must carefully mediate respect for informants with critical analysis and insight with analysis in terms the community would use and understand and in terms developed from the Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith outside which the community may not recognise She does this wellSecond Cassidy s gras. In Britain and North America Drawing from intensive field work in Suffolk's Newmarket and Kentucky's Lexington Rebecca Cassidy gives us the inside trackn all players in the industry from the elite breeders and wners to the stable boys racetrack workers and veterinarians She leads us through horse farms breeding barns an.
This is a subtle sharp and insightful comparative ethnography f the UK and US Thoroughbred racing industres based n close participant bservation studies f Newmarket and Lexington Although Cassidy discusses significant differences between the UK US industries her final argument is that they are nether as different as they claim to be nor as distinctive as they see themselvesAside from the insightful comparative analysis the book has two major strengths First Cassidy is cle. The world f Thoroughbred racing is glamorous secretive dangerous and seductive the sport The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of kings and the poor man'sbsession While the spectacle f racing stirs the imagination it belies the ruthless business that lies beneathThis engaging riginal study demystifies this complex world by comparing centers f excellence.
P f breeding theories is impressive and she deploys it in such a way as to tell us an awful lot about the racing industry the gendered assumptions it makes about power mares so ften being litt than vessels for foals and the social claims it makes for its significance The close links between horse breeding theories all which seem dubious and late 19thearly 20th century theories f scientific racism and eugenics are both disturbing and stubbornAn impressive and important book. D yearling sales; explains rigorous training regimens; and brings us trackside Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse on race dayBut the historyf Thoroughbred racing culture is than a collection f fascinating characters and exciting events Cassidy's investigation reveals the factors ethical cultural political and economic that have shaped the racing traditio.