About the Journal

Critical Gambling Studies is an international journal that was established to publish disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on gambling.  Its aim is to address some of the most urgent questions raised by the social, technological, legal and cultural complexities of contemporary gambling, which include:

  • How do subcultures emerge from, produce and sustain gambling in everyday life?
  • What is the growing relationship between gambling and digital games?
  • How is gambling entangled within global sport, media and entertainment industries?
  • How does gambling make and unmake social identities?
  • How is gambling’s promotion and regulation shaped by big data, machine learning and analytics?
  • Where do financial and recreational activities end, and where does gambling begin, for individuals and communities?
  • What aesthetic questions do gambling products and spaces raise for debate?
  • What unique ethical dilemmas does legal commercial gambling pose for providers, regulators, consumers and health professionals?
  • How do the politics of feminism, postfeminism and queer theory shape arguments about gambling and gender?
  • What is the genealogy of terms used to regulate gamblers such as ‘responsibility’, ‘freedom’ and ‘enjoyment’?
  • What do gambling’s histories tell us about current configurations?
  • How do historical and ongoing sovereignty struggles in settler-occupied nations shape cultural representations of and academic research on Indigenous gambling?
  • What is gambling's role in sustaining and disrupting biopolitical formations of race and whiteness?
  • What kind of subjective states and moments are unique to the gambling experience?
  • How does gambling play out in national and transnational popular cultures?
  • How does gambling figure in different religious practices and theological doctrines?
  • How are places and spaces of gambling linked to cities, urban and rural space, and economies?
  • What are the roles of nonhuman actants - both technological and biological - in gambling?
  • How do we understand gambling as a form of governmentality or biopolitics?
  • How does gambling studies function as a discipline, and what can reflexivity show us?

This open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal is published bi-annually. We welcome original research and writing from researchers working in established disciplines including: philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, politics, criminology, aesthetics, history, economics, literature, theology, art history and architecture, tourism and leisure studies, public health and law. We are also keen to consider interdisciplinary approaches to gambling research within an activist tradition. Our focus is primarily on research in the humanities and social sciences, but we would be excited to see innovative and accessible work in medicine, life sciences and other disciplines. We are open to any methodological tradition, including: phenomenology; ethnography; meta-analysis and big data analytics; critical race and indigenous studies; conjunctural analysis; experimental studies; survey methods; fieldwork; semiotic analysis; psychoanalysis; political economy; narrative analysis; statistical analysis and quantitative methods; and archival research. 

The Editors welcome proposals for special issues on current themes within gambling studies.

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