Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream

Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream

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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.More investigation into the globalization of poker needs to be undertaken to answer key questions including: What are the consequences of the proliferation of poker across regional and cultural boundaries? Is the spread of poker proof that theanbsp;...

Title:Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream
Author:Aaron M. Duncan
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-03-02


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