Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2019

248 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526114518

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Going to the dogs

A history of greyhound racing in Britain 1926-2017

First Edition

Keith Laybourn

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Provides the first detailed history of the rise and fall of greyhound racing in Britain between the 1920s and the 1960s and reflects upon decline and re-adjustment to the modern technological world
  • Reflects upon working-class gambling in Britain in the twentieth century, indicating the extent to which the Government and religion discriminated against it as compared to other gambling sports
  • Suggests that it became a popular, if niche sport, in many working-class communities despite the hostility of the organized middle-class local authorities and religious groups
  • Draws upon a variety of primary sources to reveal how greyhound racing offered an cheap 'American Night Out' to cheer up working-class lives

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