Cultures and spaces of convenience gambling

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Egerer , M & Marionneau , V 2019 , ' Cultures and spaces of convenience gambling ' , Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , vol. 36 , no. 2 , pp. 125-139 .

Title: Cultures and spaces of convenience gambling
Author: Egerer, Michael; Marionneau, Virve
Contributor organization: Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2019-04-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
ISSN: 1455-0725
Abstract: Background: In many countries, the bulk of gambling takes place in convenience spaces in relatively confined, local markets. Nevertheless, research on gambling locations has so far concentrated on destination gambling in casinos. Aim: This article studies convenience gambling and distinguishes special (e.g., gambling arcades) from everyday convenience gambling spaces (e.g., electronic gambling machines in supermarkets). Rather than geographically or functionally analysing the harm potential of convenience gambling, we approach the issue through cultural theory. Method: We conducted reception analytical group interviews with Finnish and French gamblers. This method is based on focus-group discussions stimulated by six short film clips. Our data consisted of 14 Finnish and 14 French groups, altogether 110 participants. The interviews were analysed thematically on the basis of the types of discourses the participants evoked. Results: The Finnish respondents discussed how their gambling culture was embedded in their everyday lives. They saw it as a harmless pastime if the sums used were small and otherwise unbudgeted. The French informants instead strongly connected gambling with the casino and were suspicious of the easy, cheap availability of convenience gambling. They also differentiated between exceptional and mundane spaces of convenience gambling, which the interviewed Finnish gamblers did not. Conclusions:Social or cultural availability is not only a matter of access; it also influences gamblers after they have entered the gambling venue. Structural characteristics interact with the gambler and the setting, but they are also mediated by the cultural context.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
focus group
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc
Usage restriction: openAccess
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