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Gambling Self-Exclusion Programmes in Australia: Are They Really Effective?

  Gambling Self-Exclusion Programmes in Australia: Are They Really Effective? Juan Zhang  How to cite: Zhang, J. (2021). Gambling Self-Exclusion Programmes in Australia: Are They Really Effective?  Critical Gambling Studies . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs120 This non-peer reviewed entry is published as part of the Critical Gambling Studies Blog.    Problem Gambling and Self-Exclusion in Australia In Australia, problem gambling has been recognised as a “serious problem” for the past two decades with widely recorded negative impacts on individuals, communities, and society . Gambling has been directly associated with problems of addiction, crime, financial hardship, mental health, family and relationship breakdowns, costing the public at least $7 billion according to a 2017 report published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. To address the challenges presented by problem gambling, self-exclusion programs have been rolled out across Australia in different ga

Postcolonial Africa and its Lotteries

    Postcolonial Africa and its Lotteries Ilana van Wyk How to cite:  van Wyk, I. (2021). Postcolonial Africa and its Lotteries.  Critical Gambling Studies . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs117 This non-peer reviewed entry is published as part of the Critical Gambling Studies Blog. Over the last twenty years, a growing body of work on the decolonization of Africa has focused on leisure activities, and particularly on the ways in which these activities mark growing inequalities (Grundlingh, 2003, pp. 174-189) and define postcolonial identities, citizenship, bodies and morality (Besnier, Brownell & Carter, 2017, pp. 39-70; Diouf, 2003, pp. 1-12; Wagg, 2005). As several scholars have also shown, religious activities (Marshall, 2009) as well as sports and cultural clubs (Diouf, 2003, p. 8) in postcolonial Africa often threaten the postcolonial state’s political and moral order. Surprisingly, given the pervasiveness of both gambling and state lotteries on the continent, very little

COVID-19 and the repercussions of the closing of decentralised slot machines and gambling arcades in Finland in 2020 and 2021

COVID-19 and the repercussions of the closing of decentralised slot machines and gambling arcades in Finland in 2020 and 2021 Riitta Matilainen   How to cite: Matilainen, R. (2021). COVID-19 and the Repercussions of the closing of Decentralised Slot Machines and Gambling Arcades in Finland in 2020 and 2021. Critical Gambling Studies . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs114 This non-peer reviewed entry is published as part of the Critical Gambling Studies Blog.   COVID-19 and other restrictions on gambling on slot machines Finland is a small Nordic welfare state with a population of 5.5 million that is among the biggest gambling nations in the world and that has the only gambling monopoly in the European Union. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and without historical precedent), Veikkaus (Finland’s gambling monopoly holder) shut down both decentralised slot machines and gambling arcades on March 13, 2020. They re-opened the gambling arcades in June 2020 and the decentralised slot machine