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POKER: THE PARODY OF CAPITALISM

Item #: 9780472051632
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    Poker is an extraordinary worldwide phenomenon with major social, cultural, and political implications, and 'Poker: The Parody of Capitalism' investigates the game of poker as a cultural expression of significance not unlike art, literature, film, or music. Tracing the history of poker and comparing the evolution of the game to the development of capitalism, Bjerg complicates prevalent notions of casino capitalism and correspondingly facile and simplistic comparisons of late capitalism and poker. By employing Slavoj Zizek's threefold distinction between imaginary-symbolic-real as a philosophical framework to analyze poker and to understand the basic strategies of the game, Bjerg explores the structural characteristics of poker in relation to other games, making a clear distinction between poker and other gambling games of pure chance such as roulette and craps. With its combination of social theory and empirical research, 'Poker: The Parody of Capitalism' offers an engaging exploration of a cultural trend. 286 Pages Paperbound 2011

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