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Much research in global review of thoroughbred industry
02 Dec 2012 | By Brian Russell Three Australian based academics have been joint compilers of the recently published book titled The Global Horseracing Industry that many in breeding and racing could find very valuable in understanding them and in engaging in them successfully.

The authors are Phil McManus, an Associate Professor at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney; Glen Albrecht, a transdisciplinary philosopher who holds the position of Professor of Sustainability at Murdoch University Perth; and Raewyn Graham, a PhD student in the School of Geosciences at Sydney University.

In analysing the value of the book it is worth noting the background of the authors.To start with, McManus’s research interests includes sustainable cities, environmental management and human-animal relations, particularly those involving thoroughbred breeding and racing. He has produced publications about both of these and has also authored/edited four other books.

Glenn Albrecht researches and writes on the connections between ecosystem and human mental health and animal ethics. He has published widely in animal and environmental ethics over the last two decades.

Besides being a student at the School of Geosciences, Raewyn Graham has a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research interests include illegal horserace gambling, eque-cultural events and human-animal relations.

Subtitled Social, Economic, Evironmental and Ethical Perspectives, the production of the 240 page The Global Horseracing Industry has been made possible by contributions from experts around the world.

The authors point out that the book differs from others on the industry in its global reach (rather than concentrating on one country or region), in its coverage of both breeding and racing from social, economic and environmental perspectives and in the way it integrates geographical, cultural, animal studies, ethics and environmental issues.

In addition to the introduction and concluding chapters, the book is divided into five sections: Sentient Animals, The Industry, Making Places, Ethical Challengers and The Future, all covered by 15 chapters.

The Global Horseracing Industry draws on in-depth, mixed-method research into the racing and breeding industries in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, and includes comparative material on other key racing centres, such as Ireland and New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The book examines the social and cultural roots of the sport through its association with, and impact on, rural places, communities and environments from Kentucky to Newmarket (England) – highlighting racing’s particular blend of tradition and scientific and technological innovation.

In the conclusion, The Gobal Horseracing Industry considers alternative futures for this major international sports business.

The Global Horseracing Industry has been published by England based Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) and is quoted at a price of 64 pounds. It can be ordered through their website

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