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Gambling and Gender

Men and Women at Play

Deborah K. Phillips and Vicki A. Wilson

There are two distinct strands in the literature on gambling: one that focuses on how to play and win the various games of chance and one that focuses on gambling compulsion and addiction. Gambling and Gender forges a new direction, studying gambling as more communication than compulsion, more recreation than deviance, more sociology than psychology. Within that framework it seeks to explore several aspects of gender: How do the gambling behaviors of men and women differ? How have women adapted to and/or changed the historically male dominance of the gambling arena? What gambling activities have women claimed as their own and used to develop uniquely female relationships? How have recent trends in technology and mass media changed the ways in which men and women claim – or reject – their gender identities? The authors use a variety of research strategies, including content analysis, survey research, interviews, and participative observation, to shed new light on this fascinating subject and to suggest ways to explore it further.
Contents: Deborah K. Phillips: Gender Differences in Recreational Gambling: A Review of the Literature – Michael H. Eaves: Gender and Reality TV: An Examination of the Poker Phenomenon – Sandra K. Halvorson: Reading the Poker Face: Advice from the Experts – Charles F. Beadle, Jr.: Gender-Swapping in Online Gaming Situations – Jason Grant McKahan: Preying on the Weak: Gendered Discourses of U.S. Online Gambling Regulation – Vicki A. Wilson: Bunco: The Quintessential Ladies’ Night Out – Vicki A. Wilson: Gambling Girlfriends – Deborah K. Phillips: Superstitious Behavior Rituals of Male and Female Gamblers in Slot Machine and Lottery Play: A Descriptive Analysis – Vicki A. Wilson/Deborah K. Phillips: Gender Differences in Selection of Low-Denomination Video Slot Machines – Deborah K. Phillips: Gender Differences in the Casino and Non-Casino Gambling Behavior and Preferences of College Students.