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Opening new conversations about gambling: an interview with Professor Fiona Nicoll on her new book Gambling in Everyday Life

Fiona Nicoll interviewed by Jay Daniel ThompsonHow to Cite: Thompson, J. D., & Nicoll, F. (2020). Opening new conversations about gambling: an interview with Professor Fiona Nicoll on her new book Gambling in Everyday Life. Critical Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs80An earlier version of this publication was published by the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. It is reposted here with their permission.
Jay Daniel Thompson: In your book, Gambling in Everyday Life: Spaces, Moments and Products of Enjoyment, you mention that a great deal of research into gambling has been undertaken by researchers in the field of Psychology. How can a Cultural Studies framework enrich a reader’s understanding of gambling in everyday life?Fiona Nicoll: Yes.Much of that psychology-influenced work has been produced since the 1990s, and can be understood as a consequence of the rapid expansion of commercial gambling and of electronic gaming machines (what we call ‘pokies’ in Austral…

A Response to Gambling Studies’ #MeToo Moment

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Fiona Nicoll, Murat Akcayir Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.How to cite: Nicoll F., & Akcayir M. (2020). A Response to Gambling Studies’ #MeToo Moment. Critical Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs63
In recent weeks, the world of gambling research has been shaken by a “#MeToo” moment. Founded by African-American activist, Tarana Burke, in 2006 as a way to connect survivors of sexual assault to other women and resources for healing, MeToo was popularised as a hashtag in 2017 with revelations of heinous abuses of power by Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein and casino magnate, Steve Wynn, as well as many other high profile men in the worlds of business, politics, entertainment and academia. (Hess, 2017, Mansfield, 2019) Gambling’ studies’ #MeToo moment involved a senior male academic researcher as the subject of a complaint against a colleague from another country and university. He was accused of sexual stalking and - following media publi…