Gambling Life Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City by Thomas M. Malaby

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Published by University of Illinois Press .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Communication Studies,
  • Cultural studies,
  • European history (ie other than Britain & Ireland),
  • Social & cultural anthropology,
  • Cultural And Social Anthropology,
  • Social Science,
  • Archaeology / Anthropology,
  • Sociology,
  • Greece,
  • Anthropology - General,
  • Popular Culture - General,
  • Social Science / Anthropology / General,
  • Anthropology - Cultural,
  • Europe - Greece,
  • Sociology - General,
  • Chania,
  • Chania (Greece),
  • Gambling,
  • Gokken,
  • Social Interaction,
  • gtt

Book details

The Physical Object
FormatHardcover
Number of Pages184
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9506837M
ISBN 100252028287
ISBN 109780252028281

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