Surveillance, responsibility and control: an analysis of government and industry discourses about 'problem' and 'responsible' gambling

Miller, Helen E., Thomas, Samantha L., Smith, Kylie M. and Robinson, Priscilla 2016, Surveillance, responsibility and control: an analysis of government and industry discourses about 'problem' and 'responsible' gambling, Addiction research and theory, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 163-176, doi: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1094060.

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Title Surveillance, responsibility and control: an analysis of government and industry discourses about 'problem' and 'responsible' gambling
Author(s) Miller, Helen E.
Thomas, Samantha L.ORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Smith, Kylie M.
Robinson, Priscilla
Journal name Addiction research and theory
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 176
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1606-6359
1476-7392
Summary Background: Discussions of gambling have traditionally focused on ideas of “problem” and “responsible” gambling. However, few studies have examined how Institutions attempt to exert social control over gamblers in order to promote so-called “responsible” behaviour. In this study, we examine the way “problem” and “responsible” gambling are discussed by Australian governments and the gambling industry, using a theoretical framework based on the work of Foucault.

Method
: We conducted a thematic analysis of discourses surrounding problem and responsible gambling in government and gambling industry websites, television campaigns and responsible gambling materials.

Results:
Documents distinguished between gambling, which was positive for the community, and problem gambling, which was portrayed as harmful and requiring medical intervention. The need for responsible gambling was emphasised in many of the documents, and reinforced by mechanisms including self-monitoring, self-control and surveillance of gamblers.

Conclusions:
Government and industry expect gamblers to behave “responsibly”, and are heavily influenced by neoliberal ideas of rational, controlled subjects in their conceptualisation of what constitutes “responsible behaviour”. As a consequence, problem gamblers become constructed as a deviant group. This may have significant consequences for problem gamblers, such as the creation of stigma.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/16066359.2015.1094060
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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