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Poker: The Parody of Capitalism by Ole Bjerg

Published By: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 978-0-472-07163-0, cloth; 978-0-472-05163-2, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: James N. Baron of Yale School of Management
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.4.1106.r18
Review Pages: 1149-50

Book Review Abstract

James N. Baron of Yale School of Management reviews, "Poker: The Parody of Capitalism" by Ole Bjerg. The JEL annotation of this book begins: "Explores the game of poker as a cultural expression with similar significance and resonance as art, literature, and film. Discusses the ontology of poker; anatomy of a poker hand; all you ever wanted to know about Texas Hold 'Em but were afraid to ask Slavoj Žižek; where the money comes from; styles of play in the poker economy; a tough way to make an easy living; why people play poker; losing it; what's in a game?; the history of poker; the poetry of money; and the uncanniness of poker. Berg is a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the Institute for Leadership, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. Index."


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L83: Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology


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