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Swedish machine gamblers from an ethnographic perspective
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Socialpsykologi.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Gambling Issues, Vol. 18, no october, p. 18-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an ethnographic analysis of the biggest money-maker in Swedish gambling, namely, the state-owned electronic gambling machines, called Jack Vegas machines. The focus is on (1) social dimensions of the game and (2) various gambler types that develop in the Jack Vegas environment. In the section about social dimensions, there is a discussion about social interaction between gamblers and between gamblers and staff/owners of restaurants with the machines. There is a kind of sociality in Jack Vegas environments, but also feelings of irritation and frustration among the players. The textdiscusses the gambling types developed by Sue Fisher and, to some degree, Robert Custer and relates them to the Swedish ethnographic findings. But the article develops new gambler types as well. The gambler types developed by previous researchers in academic and empirical contexts need to be revitalized and further developed in new gamingenvironments.

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2006. Vol. 18, no october, p. 18-
Keyword [en]
ethnography, gambling machines, social dimensions, gambler types
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Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-4603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-4603DiVA, id: diva2:204561
Available from: 2007-05-30 Created: 2007-05-30 Last updated: 2010-03-10Bibliographically approved

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