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"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."―Choice

"A vivid demonstration of how profoundly gambling intersects with politics, economics, culture, and even theology. I highly recommend it."―David G. Schwartz, Director, Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"An invaluable guide for understanding the roots of gambling in the American psyche and its implications for the future."―Keith S. Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

"A dramatic advance in scholarly consideration of this neglected phenomenon in American life. It brings together a brilliant interdisciplinary team."―David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, President, Evangelicals for Human Rights, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

"Groundbreaking. Wolfe and Owens explain why gambling has been ignored in our national values debate―and consequences of the omission."―Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School

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Dwayne Eugene 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 of Political 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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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (July 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602581959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9 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)
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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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