Gambling and harm in 24/7 capitalism: Reflections from the post-disciplinary present

Raymen, Thomas and Smith, Oliver (2020) Gambling and harm in 24/7 capitalism: Reflections from the post-disciplinary present. In: Crime, Harm and Consumerism. Routledge Studies in Crime and Society . Routledge, London, pp. 123-139. ISBN 9781138388628

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Drawing upon original ethnographic data, this chapter explores how the growing influence of technology within the gambling industry has had a far greater impact than the mere expansion of participation and industry profit. Instead, it is argued that technological advances have facilitated broader shifts toward a ‘post-disciplinary’ culture of consumer capitalism that has altered the very nature of contemporary gambling practices. Contrary to dominant understandings of gambling as a spatially fixed and separate practice organised around excitement and drama, it is argued that contemporary gambling is a more spatially flexible and embedded daily practice that is geared toward low-stakes, perpetual, and accelerated repeat-play which carries an affective state characterised by an almost catatonic ‘depressive hedonia’. It is argued that such changes have generated a contemporary gambling milieu whose harms are arguably less spectacular and visible, but far more pervasive, insidious, and severe in their nature, demanding new conceptualisations which have dramatic implications for theory, policy-making, and media responses alike.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L600 Anthropology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2020 13:28
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:18

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