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Mass gambling: the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure

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Mass gambling : the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure. / Downs, Carolyn.

Recording leisure lives: sports, games and pastimes in 20th century Britain . ed. / Robert Snape; Helen Pusard. Vol. 107 Eastbourne : Leisure Studies Association, 2010. p. 117-138.

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Harvard

Downs, C 2010, Mass gambling: the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure. in R Snape & H Pusard (eds), Recording leisure lives: sports, games and pastimes in 20th century Britain . vol. 107, Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 117-138.

APA

Downs, C. (2010). Mass gambling: the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure. In R. Snape, & H. Pusard (Eds.), Recording leisure lives: sports, games and pastimes in 20th century Britain (Vol. 107, pp. 117-138). Leisure Studies Association.

Vancouver

Downs C. Mass gambling: the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure. In Snape R, Pusard H, editors, Recording leisure lives: sports, games and pastimes in 20th century Britain . Vol. 107. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association. 2010. p. 117-138

Author

Downs, Carolyn. / Mass gambling : the Mass Observation Archive and popular leisure. Recording leisure lives: sports, games and pastimes in 20th century Britain . editor / Robert Snape ; Helen Pusard. Vol. 107 Eastbourne : Leisure Studies Association, 2010. pp. 117-138

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