Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream

1st Edition

Aaron M. Duncan

Routledge
Published December 14, 2016
Reference - 178 Pages
ISBN 9780415380454 - CAT# Y318407
Series: Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Summary

This book explores the rise and increased acceptance of gambling in America, particularly the growth of the game of poker, as a means for examining changes to the American Dream and the risk society. Poker both critiques and reinterprets the myth of the American Dream, putting greater emphasis on the importance of luck and risk management while deemphasizing the importance of honesty and hard work. Duncan discusses the history of gambling in America, changes to the rhetoric surrounding gambling, the depiction of poker in the Wild West as portrayed in film, its recent rise in popularity on television, its current place in post-modern America on the internet, and future implications.

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