Online Gambling Explored in New Book Extends Research

Published Thursday, January 05, 2012 -

Co-Editor of Gambling, Space, and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Cultures Pauliina Raento is research director at the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research, professor of human geography at the University of Helsinki, and associate editor of Political Geography. The eight essays in Gambling, Space, and Time use a global and interdisciplinary approach to examine two significant areas of gambling studies that have not been widely explored--the ever-changing boundaries that divide and organize gambling spaces, and the cultures, perceptions, and emotions related to gambling. The contributors represent a variety of disciplines: history, geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, and law.

The essays consider such topics as the impact of technological advances on gambling activities, the role of the nation-state in the gambling industry, and the ways that cultural and moral values influence the availability of gambling and the behavior of gamblers. The case studies offer rich new insights into a gambling industry that is both a global phenomenon and a powerful engine of local change.
This is interesting reading for the gambling person who is academically inclined and shares a thirst for this kind of information. The other editor David Schwartz’s background is also interesting, the writer is described as a "writer, historian” he also has a Ph.D. in US History from UCLA and has written three books so far, mostly dealing with gambling.

The researcher first got interested in gambling as a kid growing up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the 1970s. Some of the author’s earliest memories are of the classic hotels of the city being imploded to make way for modern casinos with hotel towers that were uniformly ugly. Despite this early evidence of that, perhaps, history might not have the strongest hold over people. A review is offered by James Smith, author of The Business of Risk: Commercial Gambling in Mainstream America, "This book extends the available research on gambling, and therefore makes a significant contribution to the literature. There is no doubt that the contributors have done careful and extensive original research."


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