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Chapter 6 - Gambling and the Body

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 August 2023

Jared Poley
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Georgia State University
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The body was integrated into discussions of gambling, and luck was depicted as a tangible thing that the body could experience. In this chapter we look at the somatic effects of gambling and the ways that gambling marked the body in profound ways, considering the ways that gambling could disrupt bodily boundaries or throw them into confusion. We also consider the ways that luck, chance, and gambling were thought to have left their historical imprint on the human species, looking at the ways that social Darwinist and evolutionary thought wrestled with gambling and sought to understand its evolutionary meaning. Together, we consider how gambling could be understood as an intensely physical activity, rooted in the actions of the body.

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Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
A Cultural History of Gambling
, pp. 139 - 152
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Gambling and the Body
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.007
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  • Gambling and the Body
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.007
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  • Gambling and the Body
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.007
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