Resilience and autonomy at stake : The public construct of the Paf gambling company in the Aland Islands community

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Lerkkanen , T & Hellman , M 2021 , ' Resilience and autonomy at stake : The public construct of the Paf gambling company in the Aland Islands community ' , Island studies journal , vol. 16 , no. 2 , pp. 341-362 . https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.144

Title: Resilience and autonomy at stake : The public construct of the Paf gambling company in the Aland Islands community
Author: Lerkkanen, Tuulia; Hellman, Matilda
Contributor organization: Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
Faculty Common Matters (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Sociology
Date: 2021-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Island studies journal
ISSN: 1715-2593
DOI: https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.144
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/341354
Abstract: The gambling business entails geo-economic opportunities for islands, especially in times of online gambling. However, it also involves risks like ill mental health, debt, and social problems. Furthermore, a heavy reliance on gambling revenues involves great moral dilemmas, especially when the gambling provision is operated within a not-for-profit public regime. This study concerns how these aspects are negotiated in the public discussion in Aland Islands, an autonomous group of islands situated between Finland and Sweden. By ruling of its regional parliament and the Finnish Lotteries Act, the Aland-based gambling monopoly company Alands penningautomatforening (Paf) has the right to provide onshore gambling on the Islands, on the Internet, and on cruise ships trafficking the Baltic Sea. The study examines Paf's role as a pillar of the local community, and the ways in which this position is sustained and contested. By analyzing a corpus of 862 online texts from local newspapers and public radio services from 2006-2018, this study demonstrates how Aland depends on an incongruous public construction of Paf as a responsible actor that is simultaneously criticized for not exercising greater transparency and responsibility, highlighting a contradiction between the provision of harmful gambling products and economic benefits for the community.
Subject: Aland Islands
archipelago
Paf
gambling
media
512 Business and Management
518 Media and communications
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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