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Finopower: Governing Intersections Between Gambling and Finance

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Abstract:

Regulatory distinctions between “problem” and “recreational” gambling have contributed to the neglect of important discursive and cultural practices at the intersection of finance and gambling. This intersection is now sufficiently formative of everyday life and popular culture to warrant closer scrutiny within cultural studies research. Through a range of examples, I elaborate the concept of “finopower” as a specific kind of governmentality through which individuals negotiate the mutual imbrications of gambling and finance. The final part of the article draws on theories of “post-disciplinary” societies to explore social and political implications of cultural distinctions between skill and chance-based games.

Keywords: Cultural Studies; Everyday Life; Finance; Gambling; Governmentality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.839883

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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