The Sociology of Risk and Gambling Reader

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James F. Cosgrave
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Social Science - 435 pages
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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.

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Editors Introduction
Section 1 Sociological Approaches to Risk and Gambling
Chapter 1 Fate Risk and Security
Chapter 2 Risk Society Revisited
Chapter 3 Risk and Governmentality
Chapter 4 Gambling as a Sociological Problem
Section 2 Gambling HistoriesSubcultures
Chapter 11 The Adventurer
Chapter 12 Where the Action Is
Chapter 13 The Experience of Play
Chapter 14 Good Losers
Section 4 The State Regulation and Politics
Chapter 15 State Lotteries and the Legitimation of Inequality
Chapter 16 From the Law of Insurance to the Law of Lottery
Chapter 17 The Pathological Gambler and the Government of Gambling

Chapter 5 The Pursuit of Chance
Chapter 6 On Some Motifs in Baudelaire
Chapter 7 Observations on Gambling in a LowerClass Setting1
Chapter 8 Entertainment or Imprudence?
Chapter 9 Playing with Hope and Despair
Chapter 10 Notes on a Theory of Gambling
Chapter 18 Busted Flush
Suggestions for Further Reading
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About the author (2006)

James F. Cosgrave is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

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