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EASG conference in Greece

Sunset in Loutraki

The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) held its ninth conference in Loutraki, Greece, September 18-21. More than 250 participants from all over the world gathered at the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, which is one of Europe’s biggest hotel casinos with 80 tables and over 1000 slots. This was a great conference in …

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Café U-FOLD – Problem gambling

U-FOLD – Forum for research on addiction to medical products and illegal drugs – is part of the disciplinary domain of Medicine and pharmacy at the University of Uppsala. U-FOLD organizes the seminar series Café U-FOLD, which is dedicated to presentations and discussions about various topics relating to addiction. The topic for the latest seminar …

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New publication: Why people gamble

My article Why people gamble: A model with five motivational dimensions has been published in the journal International Gambling Studies (update: 2013, vol. 13, no. 1, pp 81-97). The conceptual model presented in the article sums up much of what I observed during my year of field studies in Swedish gambling settings, what I have read about …

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Gambling, religion and hope

Gambling and religion are competitors on a ”market for hope”. That is the main argument of an article by German scholar Mark Lutter, published in the journal Soziale Problem and recently made available on the internet. The article can be downloaded here: M. Lutter, 2011, Konkurrenten auf dem Markt für Hoffnung: Religiöse Wurzeln der gesellschaftlichen …

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Recommended summer reading

Now when it’s vacation, research progresses at a more leisurely pace. I had planned to spend much of the summer boating and fishing here in Gothenburg, but since there has been much rain and strong winds the opportunities for this have been limited. The photo shows one of the few sea trouts I have caught …

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