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Off-Track and OnlineThe Networked Spaces of Horse Racing$
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Holly Kruse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034418

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034418.001.0001

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Off-Track Betting, Media Use, and Social Interaction

Off-Track Betting, Media Use, and Social Interaction

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Off-Track and Online

Holly Kruse

The MIT Press

This chapter is primarily an observational analysis of the uses of multiple interactive technologies in public settings. Technology is embedded in complicated networks of social and economic relations at screen-dominated pari-mutuel horse race wagering sites. The chapter draws upon the author’s participant observation research in off-track betting facilities (OTBs) to examine the effects that public screen and personal communication technologies have on situated practice and social interaction, and it describes how these technologies enable increasingly complicated forms of presence within groups and among people in public. The arrangement of physical space around multiple screens showing races from around the world are central features at OTBs. The chapter also draws on survey data that describes technology use among horse race wagerers to better understand who is and who is not physically present at OTBs, and why.

Keywords:   off-track betting, OTBs, public space, screens, horse racing, social interaction, technology, practice

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