Commercial gambling and values in American society: The social construction of risk

  title={Commercial gambling and values in American society: The social construction of risk},
  author={Vicki Abt and Martin C. McGurrin},
  journal={Journal of Gambling Studies},
Human existence is rooted in the individual's confrontation with risk from birth through death. Factors beyond individual control constantly produce random threats to the individual's welfare. The anxieties created by these events often cannot be resolved by the individual, but require the explanatory support of cultural values and belief systems. These values and belief systems allow a sense that socially managed activities can reduce adverse consequences to the individual in the face of… CONTINUE READING

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