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NCJ Number: 97585 Find in a Library
Title: Gambling - The Views From the Social Sciences
Corporate Author: American Academy of Political and Social Science
United States of America
Editor(s): J H Frey; W R Eadington
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 233
Sponsoring Agency: American Academy of Political and Social Science
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Fourteen articles examine gambling from a variety of perspectives.
Abstract: The movement to legalize various forms of gambling since 1950 is outlined. The economic characteristics and political, environmental, and social effects associated with the legal casino gaming industry in Nevada in recent years are discussed. Problems presented to the police by their gambling enforcement responsibilities are examined. A zoning merit model is proposed for States considering the legalization of casino gambling. Casino gambling in Atlantic City, N.J., and the United Kingdom are examined, as well as management policy and practices in modern casino operations in the United States in general. One article demonstrates that State lotteries cannot contribute significant amounts of money to State coffers and that they have not made inroads into illegal gambling. Another article reviews the application of various sociological theories to gambling behavior and the results of the few research efforts prompted by these perspectives. An article on the gambling games young people play shows how the games may predispose adults to engage in widespread commercial gambling. An analysis of the gambling process, a review of gambling research, and a survey of philosophical, phenomenological, and theoretical interpretations of gambling suggest that the motives for gambling are highly complex. In addition, the roots, causes, and phases of pathological gambling are traced. Both professional gamblers and the people who wager on sports events are profiled. Footnotes and an index are included.
Index Term(s): Bettors; Compulsive gamblers; Gambling; Gambling control; Legal gambling; Lotteries; Nevada; New Jersey; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, V 474 (July 1984).
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