Abstract/Details

Canadian dream, capitalism, and the state: Structural conditions of youth gambling in Canada

Barmaki, Reza. 
 York University (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2008. NR38986.

Abstract (summary)

This dissertation is concerned with the development of an understanding youth gambling behavior in a variety of gambling formats. As such, it inquires into cultural, political and economic structures that not only structure youth's gambling activities but also provide them with their motivational bases. More specifically, it asks what are the cultural values that inform youth gambling behavior? And, how do economic and political imperatives sustain and promote such activities? It is argued that youth's gambling must be contextualized within various mediations of the following structural conditions: the Canadian state's pro-gambling policies; the discrepancy between widely shared Canadian cultural values—the acquisition of wealth and its attendant attributed success—and legitimate means of achieving them; and, the capitalist processes of profit making and commodification. The collected data corroborated all arguments. It was found that: (1) Canadian state's pro-gambling policies provide ample opportunities for youth to gamble; (2) the discrepancy between belief in material success and means of achieving them presents gambling as a substitute means for youth to obtain the former; and (3) commodification of gambling has made gambling both appealing and readily available to youth.

Indexing (details)


Business indexing term
Subject
Public administration;
Sociology;
Canadians;
Children & youth;
Gambling;
Capitalism
Classification
0617: Public administration
0626: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Capitalism; Gambling; State; Youth gambling
Title
Canadian dream, capitalism, and the state: Structural conditions of youth gambling in Canada
Author
Barmaki, Reza
Number of pages
325
Degree date
2008
School code
0267
Source
DAI-A 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-38986-7
University/institution
York University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
NR38986
ProQuest document ID
304396506
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304396506/abstract