Vicious Games

Vicious Games Capitalism and Gambling - Anthropology, Culture and Society

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Publisher's Synopsis

Gambling is everywhere, on our TVs and phones, on billboards on our streets, and emblazoned across the chests of idolised sports stars. Why has gambling suddenly expanded? How was it transformed from a criminal activity to a respectable business run by multinational corporations listed on international stock markets? And who are the winners and losers created by this transformation?

Vicious Games is based on field research with the people who produce, shape and consume gambling. Rebecca Cassidy explores the gambling industry's affinity with capitalism and the free market and how the UK has led the way in exporting 'light touch' regulation and 'responsible gambling' around the world. She reveals how the industry extracts wealth from some of our poorest communities, and examines the adverse health effects on those battling gambling addiction.

The gambling industry has become increasingly profitable and influential, emboldened by thirty years of supportive government policies and boosted by unnatural profits. Through an anthropological excavation, Vicious Games opens up this process, with the intention of creating alternative, more equitable futures.

Book information

ISBN: 9780745340395
Publisher: Pluto Press
Imprint: Pluto Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.482
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 223
Weight: 246g
Height: 136mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 18mm