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The Convergence of Work, Sport, and Gambling in America

H. Roy Kaplan
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 445, Contemporary Issues in Sport (Sep., 1979), pp. 24-38
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1042952
Page Count: 15

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Abstract

The changing nature of work brought about by increased mechanization and the division and specialization of labor has decreased opportunities for meaningful, satisfying experiences on the job. Although work was traditionally the only legitimate means for upward mobility, gambling has emerged as an alternative route to riches and a method for escaping the tedium of contemporary jobs. Sports have become the vehicle through which the majority of gambling is done. The proliferation of legalized gambling as a consequence of boredom in the world of work not only diverts public attention from critical social issues and constructive methods for handling them, it also demeans sports by subjugating them to materialistic escapist ends.

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