The Sociology of Gambling


Author: Mikal J. Aasved
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
ISBN: 0398073805
Category: Psychology
Page: 440
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This volume focuses on the contributions of specialists in the social sciences. It reviews the efforts and ideas of sociologists, economists, anthropologists, and social psychologists who have employed a variety of methods to further our understanding of why people gamble. Early "armchair" theorists relied more on conjecture than observation to arrive at highly speculative conclusions. Others, unable to divorce themselves from prevailing ideologies, forced their findings into whichever theoretical mold happened to be currently in vogue. To obtain more empirical data with which to test these theories, later investigators interacted directly with active gamblers by becoming participant observers in actual gambling venues. Those who preferred a qualitative approach observed and interviewed smaller numbers of current and former gamblers. Some were already committed gamblers themselves; others became card dealers, roulette croupiers, and other paid employees of commercial gambling establishments. Those who preferred a quantitative approach analyzed statistical data from questionnaire surveys of larger groups and special populations. Their aim was not only to determine the gambling habits and preferences of different sub-groups, but also to identify the demographic, environmental, and behavioral risk factors that are most likely to predict recreational and problem gambling. Owing to their methodological differences, some of the studies reviewed in this volume reflect the gambler's point of view while others represent that of the investigator. Despite their differences in orientation, most social scientists are convinced that gambling is a consequence of the particular social or subcultural environment in which the gambler lives.

The Sociology of Risk and Gambling Reader


Author: James Cosgrave
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136747672
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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This reader contributes to the sociology of gambling, and offers a variety of sociological approaches, ranging from classical sociological analyses of gambling to contemporary sociological approaches to risk.

The Age of Chance

Gambling in Western Culture
Author: Gerda Reith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134680295
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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This fascinating and extensive study, enlivened by interviews with British and American gamblers, will be enthralling reading not just for those interested in the cultural and social implications of gambling - researchers in sociology, cultural studies and the history of ideas - but for anyone interested in how we create meaning in an increasingly insecure world.

Gambling Cultures

Studies in History and Interpretation
Author: Jan McMillen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134916477
Category: Art
Page: 336
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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Internet Gaming Disorder

Theory, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention
Author: Daniel King,Paul Delfabbro
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128129255
Category: Psychology
Page: 294
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Internet Gaming Disorder: Theory, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention is an informative and practical introduction to the topics of Internet gaming disorder and problematic gaming. This book provides mental health clinicians with hands-on assessment, prevention, and treatment techniques for clients with problematic gaming behaviors and Internet gaming disorder. It provides an overview of the existing research on epidemiology, risk and protective factors, and discusses the distinct cognitive features that distinguish gaming from gambling and other related activities and disorders. Clinicians will find interest in discussion of the latest developments in cognitive-behavioral approaches to gaming disorder as well as the best structure for clinical interviews. Included in clinical sections are details of the key indicators of harm and impairment associated with problem gaming and how these might present in clinical cases. Internet Gaming Disorder is strongly evidence-based, draws extensively upon the latest international research literature, and provides insights into the likely future developments in this emerging field both in terms of technological development and new research approaches. Discusses the conceptual basis of Internet gaming disorder as a behavioral addiction Provides screening approaches for measuring excessive gaming Details a structured clinical interview approach for assessing gaming disorder Provides evidence-based clinical strategies for prevention and treatment Covers cognitive behavioral therapy and harm reduction strategies

The Biology of Gambling


Author: Mikal J. Aasved
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
ISBN: 0398074461
Category: Medical
Page: 356
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The Biology of Gambling is the third volume in the Gambling Theory and Research Series. Author Mikal Aasved wrote this series to meet the need for a comprehensive review and synthesis of the many published materials pertaining to gambling theory and research. The series summarizes and critiques the findings and conclusions of investigators who have attempted to determine the motivations for gambling, both normative and excessive. Dr. Aasved provides a thorough examination of the research efforts and theoretical explanations of leaders in the field of gambling studies. This volume focuses on the etiological or causal theories that have been advanced by specialists in the medical sciences, an increasing number of whom are adopting the view that biological factors play an important role in the developmnet of many addictive, obsessive-compulsive, and other maladaptive behavior disorders. The fifteen chapters are divided into four parts. Part I reviews medical or disease models of addiction, discussing early and later conceptions. The core features of addiction, the alcohol dependence syndrome, heritability of addiction, longitudinal studies, and the quest to discover the biological basis of addiction are explored in detail. Part II examines the medical models of pathological gambling by exploring early ideas on gambling and human evolution, recent definition and diagnosis of pathological gambling, criticisms of the medical and addiction models, treatment goals, and the ongoing quest to discover the biological basis of pathological gambling. Part III concerns multicausal models of pathological gambling, and focuses on general theories of addiction, gambling-specific theories, and finishes with a critique of multicausal approaches. Part IV integrates the contents of the book by highlighting its main points and offering such concluding observations as: "Where do we now stand, and where do we go from here?" This book, as well as the entire

Global Gambling

Cultural Perspectives on Gambling Organizations
Author: Sytze F. Kingma
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135201757
Category: Social Science
Page: 260
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While most research has examined the legal, economic and psychological sides of gambling, this innovative collection offers a wide range of cultural perspectives on gambling organizations. Using both historical and present-day case studies from throughout the world, the authors seriously consider the rituals, symbols, the meanings, values, legitimations, relations (formal as well as informal), and the spaces and artifacts involved in the (re)production of gambling organizations. Contributors not only examine the global influence of commercial gambling, but also demonstrate how the local qualities of gambling organizations remain unique. This volume will be of interest to criminologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and all scholars of gambling.

Risky Business

America's Fascination with Gambling
Author: Ronald M. Pavalko
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 191
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Examines sociological perspectives on gambling and the history of gambling in the United States from colonial times through the new millennium.

Gambling for Existence

A Discussion of Some Theoretical Problems in Animal Population Ecology
Author: Joannes Reddingius
Publisher: Brill Archive
ISBN: N.A
Category: Animal populations
Page: 208
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21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook


Author: Clifton D. Bryant,Dennis L. Peck
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412916089
Category: Social Science
Page: 1344
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21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.

Gambling

Behavior Theory, Research, and Application
Author: Mark Dixon,Patrick Ghezzi,Charles Lyons,Ginger Wilson
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608827798
Category: Psychology
Page: 260
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The rise in legalized gambling in the United States over the last fifteen years has led to much debate among scientists and practitioners about how to conceptualize and study the phenomenon, treat persons who experience difficulties controlling their level of play, and prevent individuals from becoming problem or 'pathological' gamblers. The current volume brings together a group of basic and applied behavior scientists to discuss these matters. Gambling is designed to allow readers familiar with the general concepts and principles of behavior analysis to understand how the field is addressing the area of gambling. Graduate students taking classes in behavioral applications, or those enrolled in seminars specific to gambling, will find this collection of papers a vital resource. The book will also be useful to clinicians interested in understanding the basic and conceptual foundations that underlie successful prevention and treatment approaches.

Women, Pleasure and the Gambling Experience


Author: Ms Emma Casey
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409491188
Category: Social Science
Page: 156
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Drawing on a broad range of historical and sociological literature, this book traces the everyday gambling experiences of a diverse group of women. It provides fascinating and original insights into the pleasures afforded to women through their gambling participation and draws on a variety of feminist literature to understand women's motivations and experience of play, and to examine the ways in which women negotiate their right to gamble without reprimand. Since gambling tends to be framed within moral discourses of danger and excess, this book offers a defence of women's decisions to gamble against an often hostile backdrop. It rewrites claims that gambling is 'meaningless' and reckless spending, by pointing instead to the highly complex strategies that women who gamble employ. Importantly, it adds to contemporary feminist debates about women's leisure by showing how women seize control of their lives in order to carve out a time and space for the pursuit of pleasure.

United States Political Science Documents


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political science
Page: N.A
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Poker

The Parody of Capitalism
Author: Ole Bjerg
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472051636
Category: Games
Page: 274
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The cultural meanings of poker and how it mirrors fundamental aspects of capitalism

UNITED STATES POLITICAL SCIENCE DOCUMENTS Volume Eleven 1985 part 2 Document Descriptions


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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The Psychodynamics and Psychology of Gambling

The Gambler's Mind
Author: Mikal J. Aasved
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780398072773
Category: Psychology
Page: 255
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The Racing Game


Author: Marvin B. Scott
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202369921
Category: Social Science
Page: 186
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This study of a unique social world probes beneath the thrill and spectacle of horse racing into the lives of the "honest boys," the "gyps," the "manipulators," the "stoops," and the "Chalk eaters"--the constituents of race track society and the players of the racing game. With scientific precision and journalistic vigor, Scott describes the everyday activities--the objectives and strategies--of those whose lives are organized around track proceedings and who compete with chance and one another. The players in the racing game range from track owners to stable boys, from law enforcers to lawbreakers, and from casual sportsmen to pathologically addicted gamblers. Considering the self-interests, the normative and operational codes, and the interactional relationships among the major types and subtypes of participants, the author defines the components of strategic movement within the framework of rules and resources to show how a player's relations to the "means of production" governs his behavior. The fruitful application of sociological theory and method to an unusually interesting social context makes this particularly useful still for courses in social problems and the sociology of organizations and of leisure. "...when he was teaching at Berkeley, Goffman asked me to come to his seminar to hear a student, Marvin Scott, present his research on horse racing. ...in the course of his presentation, Scott suggested in passing that gamblers, including horse players, sometimes had winning streaks' or losing streaks.' Goffman, who had been listening appreciatively until that point, interrupted to say that of course Scott meant that they thought they had such streaks of good or bad luck. But Scott said no, these were observable facts.' Goffman, unwilling to accept such supernatural talk, persisted, appealing to the laws of probability to assure Scott that such streaks' were natural occurrences in any long run of tries in such a game as blackjack or craps."--Howard Becker Marvin B. Scott retired in 2001 as professor of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. He previously taught at San Francisco State College and received his Ph.D. in 1966 at the University of California, Berkeley. Jaime Suchlicki is Bacardi Professor of History at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Miami, and executive director of its Cuban-American and Cuban Center.

The Sociology-Philosophy Connection


Author: Mario Bunge
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781560004165
Category: Philosophy
Page: 244
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Most social scientists and philosophers claim that sociology and philosophy are disjointed fields of inquiry. Some have wondered how to trace the precise boundary between them. Mario Bunge argues the two fields are so entangled with one another that no demarcation is possible or, indeed, desirable. In fact, sociological research has demonstrably philosophical presuppositions. In turn, some findings of sociology are bound to correct or enrich the philosophical theories that deal with the world, our knowledge of it, or the ways of acting upon it. While Bunge's thesis would hardly have shocked Mill, Marx, Durkheim, or Weber, it is alien to the current sociological mainstream and dominant philosophical schools. Bunge demonstrates that philosophical problematics arise in social science research. A fertile philosophy of social science unearths critical presuppositions, analyzes key concepts, refines effective research strategies, crafts coherent and realistic syntheses, and identifies important new problems. Bunge examines Marx's and Durkheim's thesis that social facts are as objective as physical facts; the so-called Thomas theorem that refutes the behaviorist thesis that social agents react to social stimuli rather than to the way we perceive them; and Merton's thesis on the ethos of basic science which shows that science and morality are intertwined. He then considers selected philosophical problems raised by contemporary social studies. In a concluding chapter, Bunge argues forcefully against tolerance of shabby work in academic social science and philosophy alike.

Betting Their Lives

The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers
Author: Lorne Tepperman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Games
Page: 346
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There are now more ways than ever to gamble-casinos, corner stores, the internet-and as a result, there are also ever more "problem gamblers," individuals who gamble compulsively to their own detriment. While gambling is promoted as fun and glamorous, the reality is usually very different. Studies suggest that some 1 in 50 adults, or roughly 480,000 Canadians, have a gambling problem. So it is time to take a new and careful look at how gambling affects the lives of all these people. Problem gambling has traditionally been seen as an individual issue: it's your problem, you deal with it. But this new book, the only study of its kind, takes an innovative sociological approach, considering problem gambling as a public health issue (it has social causes and significant health outcomes). Betting Their Lives is based on first-hand interviews that take us right into the lives of a selection of problem gamblers; we see how gambling is influenced by, and in turn influences, relationships with intimate partners - husbands, wives, children. Based on important new research by outstanding Canadian sociologist Lorne Tepperman, this book looks into the personal relationships of problem gamblers, and comes out with some surprising results. It provides a superb discussion of expert opinion on the subject, includes first-hand narratives of those who have suffered from gambling addictions, and brings essential new explanatory concepts to the issue. While more research is required into this growing problem, Betting Their Lives introduces a new and urgently needed understanding of problem gambling.