Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 November 2019

384 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198845225

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Winner of the Hart-SLSA Book Prize and 2020 IPEG Book Prize

Bingo Capitalism

The Law and Political Economy of Everyday Gambling

Kate Bedford

  • Uses bingo -- a female dominated and notoriously self-effacing game -- to think differently about regulation, gender, and political economy
  • Offers the first sociolegal account of bingo as a globally significant and immensely popular pastime, centering implementation experiences alongside the broader political, economic, and social context to legislative reform
  • Identifies the central historical role of non-commercial, mutual aid play to UK gambling law and policy, and traces the ongoing relevance of this realm for current debates about the interrelation between capitalist and more-than-capitalist everyday economies
  • Advances research into the gendered nature of regulation, showing how gender shapes, and is shaped by, diverse state rules on gambling