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At Odds: Gambling and Canadians, 1919-1969

At Odds: Gambling and Canadians, 1919-1969 (Paperback)

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Using a rich variety of historical sources, Suzanne Morton traces the history of gambling regulation in five Canadian provinces - Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and B.C. - from the First World War to the federal legalization in 1969. This regulatory legislation, designed to control gambling, ended a long period of paradox and pretence during which gambling was common, but still illegal. Morton skilfully shows the relationship between gambling and the wider social mores of the time, as evinced by labour, governance, and the regulation of 'vice.' Her focus on the ways in which race, class, and gender structured the meaning of gambling underpins and illuminates the historical data she presents. She shows, for example, as "Old Canada" (the Protestant, Anglo-Celtic establishment) declined in influence, gambling took on a less deviant connotation - a process that continued as charity became secularized and gambling became a lucrative fundraising activity eventually linked to the welfare state. At Odds is the first Canadian historical examination of gambling, a complex topic which is still met by moral ambivalence, legal proscription, and volatile opinion.

This highly original study will be of interest to the undergraduate history or social science student, but will also hold the attention of a more general reader.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsHistorical geographyHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsOral historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaNostalgia: generalHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaPlaces in old photographsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of other landsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsSocial lawLicensing, gaming & club lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesFashion & societyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesFood & societyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesHistory of ideasPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesMaterial culturePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesGeneral studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesInstitutions & learned societies: generalPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspectsSport & HobbiesHobbies, quizzes & gamesGambling: theories & methods Publisher: University of Toronto Press Publication Date: 11/01/2003 ISBN-13: 9780802084415  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Suzanne Morton is a professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University.

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