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An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having

An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having

Jim Orford

ISBN: 978-0-470-66119-2

Dec 2010

300 pages

Out of stock

$115.95

Description

An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having reveals how gambling represents a danger to public health due to its inherent addiction potential, which is being intentionally downplayed by the gambling industry and governments. 
  • Lays bare the extent of gambling and its effects on society
  • Exposes the dilemma for policy makers, who are charged with protecting public health but also increasingly dependent on revenues earned from gambling
  • Written by Jim Orford, an internationally respected authority on the topic
  • International examples broaden the argument and reveal the global stakes involved
Preface.

Section I: Gambling is Growing.

1. The Extraordinary International Growth of Gambling.

2. The Rise of Gambling in Britain.

Section II: Gambling is Dangerous.

3. Gambling Addiction.

4. Modern Addiction Theory Applied to Gambling.

5. Does the Fault Lie in the Person or in the Product?

Section III: Gambling is Controversial.

6. Discourses of Gambling: ElevenWays of Talking About the Subject.

7. Public Attitudes Towards Gambling Are Negative.

8. The Costs and Benefits of Gambling for Society: A Hotly Contested Subject.

Section IV: Gambling Expansion is Not Being Challenged.

9. Governments Are Complicit in Supporting the Interests of the Gambling Industry.

10. Trapped: The Disempowering Effects of Failure to Challenge the Growth of Gambling.

11. Conclusions and Recommendations: The DebateWe Should be Having.

Sources.

References.

Index.