Book title: Gambling: Perspectives, Consequences and Outcomes
Chapter title: Gambling as Interaction
Author's/Co-author’s Name(s): Cormac Mc Namara, PhD
Affiliation(s): Northeast Normal University
City/Country: China

Abstract:

This chapter demonstrates that gambling, for most people who gamble, is fundamentally a social activity, that is, an activity undertaken with other people. It is social not only in the sense that it occurs in the presence of other people, but also in the literal sense of being sociable with others. It is shown that different forms of gambling can be social, and this is done by (1) referencing classic accounts of gambling from within sociology, anthropology, and ‘fictional’ literature, and (2) by reporting on research carried out by the author in betting shops in Dublin, Ireland and noting the research of other researchers who have spent time researching betting shops in Britain. The idea of the gambler as ‘sociable’ is considered alongside the ‘lone’ gambler and a discussion is provided about why it is important to be aware of the social aspect of different types of gambling when considering what is frequently referred to as ‘problem’ gambling.

Biographical Sketch

Cormac Mc Namara, PhD

Affiliation: Northeast Normal University, China

Education: Cormac received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Research and Professional Experience:

Cormac has researched and written about gambling and teaches Qualitative Research Methods and Sociology of Education to graduate students in the Faculty of Education at Northeast Normal University, China.

Professional Appointments:

Assistant Professor at Northeast Normal University, China

Publications from the Last 3 Years:

Mc Namara, Cormac. 2017. "Responsibility‐Shifting in a Gambling Environment." Symbolic Interaction 40 (3):335-351. doi: 10.1002/symb.274.

Mc Namara, Cormac. 2019. Gambling, Losses and Self-Esteem: An Interactionist Approach to the Betting Shop. London and New York: Routledge.

Cormac McNamara

Book title: Gambling: Perspectives, Consequences and Outcomes
Chapter title: Gambling as Interaction
Author's/Co-author’s Name(s): Cormac Mc Namara, PhD
Affiliation(s): Northeast Normal University
City/Country: China

Abstract:

This chapter demonstrates that gambling, for most people who gamble, is fundamentally a social activity, that is, an activity undertaken with other people. It is social not only in the sense that it occurs in the presence of other people, but also in the literal sense of being sociable with others. It is shown that different forms of gambling can be social, and this is done by (1) referencing classic accounts of gambling from within sociology, anthropology, and ‘fictional’ literature, and (2) by reporting on research carried out by the author in betting shops in Dublin, Ireland and noting the research of other researchers who have spent time researching betting shops in Britain. The idea of the gambler as ‘sociable’ is considered alongside the ‘lone’ gambler and a discussion is provided about why it is important to be aware of the social aspect of different types of gambling when considering what is frequently referred to as ‘problem’ gambling.

Biographical Sketch

Cormac Mc Namara, PhD

Affiliation: Northeast Normal University, China

Education: Cormac received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Research and Professional Experience:

Cormac has researched and written about gambling and teaches Qualitative Research Methods and Sociology of Education to graduate students in the Faculty of Education at Northeast Normal University, China.

Professional Appointments:

Assistant Professor at Northeast Normal University, China

Publications from the Last 3 Years:

Mc Namara, Cormac. 2017. "Responsibility‐Shifting in a Gambling Environment." Symbolic Interaction 40 (3):335-351. doi: 10.1002/symb.274.

Mc Namara, Cormac. 2019. Gambling, Losses and Self-Esteem: An Interactionist Approach to the Betting Shop. London and New York: Routledge.

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