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The history of problem gambling: Temperance, substance by Peter Ferentzy

By Peter Ferentzy

This e-book records the historical past of rules approximately challenge playing and its hyperlink to addictive issues. The booklet makes use of a mix of literature evaluation and conceptual and linguistic research to discover the way in which principles approximately challenge playing gave replaced through the years. It examines the non secular, socio-cultural, and scientific impacts at the improvement of the concept that of challenge playing as a ailment, besides the ways that such rules have been motivated via attitudes approximately substance abuse. The heritage of psychological affliction, significantly because it relates to subject matters reminiscent of lack of keep an eye on over habit, is additionally addressed. The ebook ends with a dialogue of the present prestige and destiny customers, with a watch to which principles approximately challenge playing and addictions appear so much promising and which should still maybe be left behind.​

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The fear and the action taken or advocated by those who fear are disproportionate to the threat posed by the feared group or behavior (Cohen, 1972). In addition, moral panics are often volatile and may disappear as quickly as they appear (Jones & Jones, 1999). However, moral panics involving addictive behaviors have reoccurred frequently. As will be seen in this book, the history of rhetoric about addiction is often the history of various moral panics over some form of intoxicating substance or behavior (in this case gambling).

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Our fifth chapter discusses both the Washingtonians and the larger temperance movement, with the former peeking in the 1840s and the later in the early twentieth century. One overriding truism about the relationship between addiction and morality has been the occurrence of exaggeration and fear. Morally centered discussions of topics such as electronic gambling machines, comic books, rock and roll, crime rates, drug use, video games, immigration, prostitution, and Internet pornography have been marked by similar exaggerations and sometimes develop into moral panics (Cohen, 2002).

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