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The Labor of Luck

Casino Capitalism in the United States and South Africa

Jeff Sallaz

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In this gripping ethnography, Jeffrey J. Sallaz goes behind the scenes of the global casino industry to investigate the radically different worlds of work and leisure he found in identically designed casinos in the United States and South Africa. Seamlessly weaving political and economic history with his own personal experience, Sallaz provides a riveting account of two years spent working among both countries' casino dealers, pit bosses, and politicians. While the popular imagination sees the Nevada casino as a hedonistic world of consumption, The Labor of Luck shows that the "Vegas experience" is made possible only through a variety of systems regulating labor, capital, and consumers, and that because of these complex dynamics, the Vegas casino cannot be seamlessly picked up and replicated elsewhere. Sallaz's fresh and path-breaking approach reveals how neo-liberal versus post-colonial forms of governance produce divergent worlds at the tables, and how politics, profits, and pleasure have come together to shape everyday life in the new economy.

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africa, capitalism, power and wealth, vegas experience, neoliberalism, consumerism, comparative ethnography, labor studies, south african casinos, business and industry, work and labor, american casinos, south africa, economic history, postcolonialism, global casino, ethnography, gold city casino, silver state casino, casino management, sociology, las vegas, regulations, united states of america, business, casino dealers, north america, political history, regulated labor, pit bosses, casino capitalism, casino industry