Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Wayne Wheeler

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Roussea

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Simpson


The present study took place during the spring and summer of 1971 at a thoroughbred horse racing track in a Midwestern city. The racing meet lasted for nine weeks, from late April to early July. Although I have drawn from other sources which are not directly connected to this particular racing meet, the bulk of the information included in this account comes direc tly from my experiences as a participant observer at this particular racing meet. For purposes of clarity I have named this track YA-WET-AG.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillm ent of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Gale E. Miller August, 1973

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