On gambling research, social science and the consequences of commercial gambling

Livingstone, C., Adams, P., Cassidy, R., Markham, F., Reith, G. , Rintoul, A., Schül, N. D., Woolley, R. and Young, M. (2018) On gambling research, social science and the consequences of commercial gambling. International Gambling Studies, 18(1), pp. 56-68. (doi:10.1080/14459795.2017.1377748)

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Abstract

Social, political, economic, geographic and cultural processes related to the significant growth of the gambling industries have, in recent years, been the subject of a growing body of research. This body of research has highlighted relationships between social class and gambling expenditure, as well as the design, marketing and location of gambling products and businesses. It has also demonstrated the regressive nature of much gambling revenue, illuminating the influence that large gambling businesses have had on government policy and on researchers, including research priorities, agendas and outcomes. Recently, critics have contended that although such scholarship has produced important insights about the operations and effects of gambling businesses, it is ideologically motivated and lacks scientific rigour. This response explains some basic theoretical and disciplinary concepts that such critique misunderstands, and argues for the value of social, political, economic, geographic and cultural perspectives to the broader, interdisciplinary field of gambling research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reith, Professor Gerda
Authors: Livingstone, C., Adams, P., Cassidy, R., Markham, F., Reith, G., Rintoul, A., Schül, N. D., Woolley, R., and Young, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Gambling Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1445-9795
ISSN (Online):1479-4276
Published Online:27 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in International Gambling Studies 18(1):56-68
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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