A Genealogical Analysis of the Medical Model of Problem Gambling

  title={A Genealogical Analysis of the Medical Model of Problem Gambling},
  author={Sean Wilcox},
  journal={Critical Gambling Studies},
  • S. Wilcox
  • Published 19 May 2021
  • Sociology
  • Critical Gambling Studies
By applying Foucault’s genealogical approach, this article understands the ascension of the medical model of problem gambling as a happenstance and contingent effect of a new form of social control (biopower). The investigation reveals the cumulative effect of some of the heterogeneous components surrounding the medical model’s creation: discourses; institutions; laws; regulatory decisions; administrative measures; scientific proposition, and philanthropic, moral, and philosophical arguments… 

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