ABSTRACT

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.

chapter |18 pages

Introduction: Global Gambling

BySYTZE F. KINGMA

part |2 pages

Part I Gambling Backgrounds

chapter 1|17 pages

A Question of Money? The Founding of Two Finnish Gambling Monopolies

ByRIITTA MATILAINEN

chapter 2|26 pages

Into the Zone: Innovating in the Australian Poker Machine Industry

ByRICHARD WOOLLEY, CHARLES LIVINGSTONE

part |2 pages

Part II Gambling Scenes

chapter 4|22 pages

Ethnography in a Casino: Social Dynamics at Blackjack Tables

ByRICHARD A. MARKSBURY

chapter 5|31 pages

Making Friends, Making Money: Macau’s Traditional VIP Casino System

ByWUYI WANG, PETER ZABIELSKIS

chapter 6|25 pages

Dutch Casino Space: The Spatial Construction of Gambling Pleasure

BySYTZE F. KINGMA

part |2 pages

Part III Gambling Contexts