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Why Do We Gamble?

A talk and discussion about gambling

We expend a lot of effort trying to reduce or avoid risks in our lives, so why are we so fond of gambling? Anthropologist Dr Rebecca Cassidy will lead a talk and discussion about gambling. She will introduce some of the myriad explanations for our appetite for risk from Freud to neuroscience and suggest that some of the social meanings attributed to games, chance, risk and luck are connected with specific notions of morality, justice and equity. Dr Cassidy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University and is the author of two books about the culture of horseracing in Britain.


Dr Rebecca Cassidy | talks


Date and Time:

26 May 2009 at 8:00 pm


3 hours



The Wheatsheaf
25 Rathbone Place

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