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Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape Paperback

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  • Paperback: 517 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (August 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602581959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581951
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This book vividly demonstrates how profoundly gambling intersects with politics, economics, culture, and even theology. I highly recommend it for anyone who is curious about the role of gambling in American life. --David G. Schwartz, Director, Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

A dramatic advance in scholarly consideration of this neglected phenomenon in American life. Bringing together a brilliant interdisciplinary team of scholars, this volume subjects the third wave of American gambling to searching examination. It will set the standard for further work on the subject. --David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

Groundbreaking. Wolfe and Owens help us to understand how and why gambling has been ignored in our national debate about values and how its omission has shaped our civic and religious lives. --Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School

About the Author

Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College. A prolific and esteemed writer and speaker, Wolfe s most recent books include The Future of Liberalism; Does American Democracy Still Work?; and Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What It Needs to Do to Recover It . He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Erik C. Owens is Assistant Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology, Boston College. He lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.


Dwayne Eugène Carpenter is Professor of Hispanic Studies, Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Co-Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Boston College.

Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Economics and Law, and Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Philip J. Cook is ITT/Terry Sanford Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Economics, Professor of Sociology, and Associate Director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Rachel T.A. Croson holds a joint appointment as Professor of Economics in the School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences and as Professor of Organizations, Strategy and International Management in the School of Management, both at the University of Texas at Dallas.

John Dombrink is Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Matthew Fox is an MBA student at the University of Nevada Reno. He is a founding director of Animal House Rescue and Elko County Habitat for Humanity.

William Galston is Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

John P. Hoffmann is Professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University.

T. J. Jackson Lears is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and Editor-in-Chief of the Raritan Quarterly Review.

Steven Andrew Light is Associate Professor ofPolitical Science and Public Administration and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota.

Richard McGowan, S.J.,is Associate Professor of Operations and Strategic Management at Boston College and Research Associate at the Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions.

R. Shep Melnick is Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College.

Michael Nelson is Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College in Memphis.

Marc Potenza is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Division of Substance Abuse), Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, Director of Neuroimaging for the VA MIRECC, and Director of the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale University.

Kathryn R.L. Rand is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and is Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy.

David A. Skeel, Jr. is S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Skeel is an expert in bankruptcy and corporate labor law.

William Stuntz is Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Vice-Dean for Intellectual Life at Harvard Law School.

James Sundali is an Associate Professor of Managerial Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kathryn Tanner is Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gambling can be traced to the very origins of human civilization. It is pervasive within all recorded cultures. So are the attempts to control it, regulate it, and even prohibit it. The opposition to gambling has as its roots religious or "morality" based arguments. One of the ironies of modern American life is that Utah, a state which absolutely bans all forms of gambling, leads the country in the volume of online gaming. Another irony is that the state of Nevada, and a number of formerly impoverished reservation-restricted Native American tribes, are able to achieve a significant measure of economic prosperity by the legalization of gambling and the construction of gambling casinos. In "Gambling: Mapping The American Moral Landscape", Alan Wolfe (Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College) and Erik C. Owens (Assistant Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology, Boston College) have expertly compiled a series of informed and informative essays by fellow academics and researchers on various aspects of the politics and policy of gambling; individual behavior and social impacts related to gambling; the interconnection of theology, gambling and risk; and the context of gambling within American culture today. Enhanced with copious notes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Gambling" is a seminal work of impressive scholarship and a very strongly recommended addition to academic library Social Issues reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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