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The Racing Tribe: Portrait of a British Subculture Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; 1 edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765808382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765808387
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,491,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kate Fox consistently reveals us to ourselves. She is meticulous. illuminating, and very funny indeed."

"A delightful new way of looking at a familiar world--a day at the races will never be the same again"

--Desmond Morris

"Kate Fox consistently reveals us to ourselves. She is meticulous, illuminating, and very funny indeed."

--Times Literary Supplement

"A delightful new way of looking at a familiar world--a day at the races will never be the same again"

--Desmond Morris

"Kate Fox consistently reveals us to ourselves. She is meticulous, illuminating, and very funny indeed."

--Times Literary Supplement



-A delightful new way of looking at a familiar world--a day at the races will never be the same again-

--Desmond Morris

-Kate Fox consistently reveals us to ourselves. She is meticulous, illuminating, and very funny indeed.-

--Times Literary Supplement

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The tribe
‘A delightful new way of looking at a familiar world – a wonderfully fresh approach to the pleasures of a day at the races’ Desmond Morris

Anthropologists are supposed to do their research in remote, uncomfortable, unpronounceable parts of the world - places with monsoons, mud-huts and malaria. Kate Fox was given an altogether more enjoyable assignment:- to study the arcane world of horseracing - the whole racing tribe, from race-goers, jockeys, trainers, bookies and stewards. An unexpected world is revealed from an entirely different perspective - instead of an amorphous racing crowd, Kate sees Enthusiasts, Horseys, Addicts, Anoraks, Socials, Pair-bonders, Suits and Be-seens. Among the racing professionals, she identifies Shamans and Warriors, Scribes and Elders, Connections and Sin-eaters.

Clad in appropriate tribal costume (frivolous hat, mini-skirt, high heels), Kate ventured where no ‘manwatcher’ had gone before – she spends time with each of these groups, finding out how to identify them from their dress, body-language and behavioural quirks; learning about their position in the social structure of the tribe, their attitudes and beliefs, their territories and habits.

The Racing Tribe is also a refreshingly candid account of anthropological fieldwork, including all the embarrassing mistakes, hiccups, short-cuts and guesswork that most social scientists keep very quiet about. Kate’s findings are fascinating in themselves, but the personal story of how she found them – trying to interview half-naked jockeys in weighing rooms; overcoming her fear of the big, scary trainer David Nicholson; struggling to understand the tribe’s strange dialect – gives this book an endearing human dimension.

Every kind of racegoer - armchair fans included - will be intrigued and entertained by this fascinating book; Kate Fox does for the racing world what Desmond Morris and David Attenborough have done for the animal kingdom --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a an absolute joy to read. As a lifelong racegoer, I had never given the slightest thought to the customs or rituals that go on at a racemeeting. The book is a relaxed and entertaining read, and Kate Fox writes in a humourous and self deprecating manner.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in horse racing!
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Format: Paperback
An anthropological study of racegoers that will any one of that crowd recognise themself (maybe), or others (certainly). It is accessible to pretty much anyone with a love of horse-racing, and makes gentle fun of anthropology. It does involve quite a bit of anthropological terminology, and is probably funnier if you had even passing knowledge of the field, but that doesn't get in the way of the accuracy of the observations, and the dry humour with which they are delivered.
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This book was inspired by and contains an interesting conceit - scrutinising the various groups, trainers, jockeys and spectators and gamblers , in the sport of horse racing. But it becomes rather repetitious and actually the empirical content is limited.
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