From the Back Street to the High Street

Commercial gambling and the commodification of chance

Authored by: Gerda Reith

Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415697170
eBook ISBN: 9780203140505
Adobe ISBN: 9781136495595


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Over the course of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, commercial gambling has been transformed from a semi-deviant, largely underground pastime to a globalized, multi-billion-dollar leisure industry. This dramatic shift can be located within the broader context of changes in post-Second World War patterns of leisure and consumption, as well as the intersection of political, economic and technological forces that saw the interests of governments and big business converge around the expansion of gambling profits.

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