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Two fat ladies at the seaside:the place of gambling in working-class holidays

Downs, Carolyn (2010) Two fat ladies at the seaside:the place of gambling in working-class holidays. In: Recording leisure lives. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 51-73. ISBN 9781905369232

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Abstract

Gambling was a popular and pervasive leisure pursuit long before it was legalised in January 1961. The most prevalent forms of gambling amongst the working classes were the football pools, illegal off-course cash betting and greyhound racing; all of which were predominantly male pastimes. This paper explores the role of gambling amongst women during their annual seaside holidays and highlights the role of seaside arcades and bingo games in familiarising women with gambling, creating a ready market for the first commercial bingo halls which opened within a few days of the passing of the Betting and Gaming Act (1960)

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gambling ; Seaside ; Womens Leisure ; Holidays ; Mass Observation ; Work Town
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
ID Code: 60214
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2012 13:35
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 13:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60214

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