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Trotting territory: The cultural realm of Swedish horse betting

Chapter in book
Authors Per Binde
Published in Gambling, Space and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Cultures, eds. P. Raento & D. Schwartz
Pages 107-128
ISBN 978-0-87417-853-1
Publisher University of Nevada Press
Place of publication Reno
Publication year 2011
Published at School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology
Pages 107-128
Language en
Keywords gambling, horse betting, trotting, harness racing
Subject categories Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Social Anthropology


Human beings in social interaction create life-worlds with shared symbols, meanings, and values. Some forms of gambling, among them horse betting, therefore tend to evolve into bounded cultural domains with specific beliefs, norms, and traditions. Gambling becomes the core of a world-building activity. This chapter concerns one such cultural realm established by gambling – the one created and re-created at the Åby trotting track in Sweden at the days of racing. The study builds on participant observation and analyses the social interactions and cultural meanings that structure people’s experience of Åby trotting track.

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