J Gambl Stud https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-018-9779-6 ORIGINAL PAPER Pleasures and Risks Associated with Bingo Playing in an Australian Aboriginal Community: Lessons for Policy and Intervention 1 2 2 2 Kathleen Maltzahn · Richard Vaughan · Tiffany Griffin · Darlene Thomas · 2 1 1 Raelene Stephens · Mary Whiteside · Sarah Maclean © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Bingo playing in Australian Indigenous communities has received little aca- demic attention. We report here on an exploratory study designed to understand the com- plex benefits and harms associated with bingo playing for Aboriginal people in Sunraysia, a regional community in Victoria, Australia. The research was strongly participatory, and conducted in collaboration with staff of an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation. Twenty-six members of the Sunraysia Aboriginal community were interviewed, with inter- views primarily conducted by workers from the Aboriginal organisation. Echoing research from other countries, but with a unique focus on the experience of bingo for Aboriginal people in Australia, this study demonstrates compelling reasons why Aboriginal people in Sunraysia play bingo, and how bingo playing both exposes players to risk and mitigates against a wide range of harms. We found that, for many people in the study, bingo was variously a site that reinforces social connectedness, a source of fun and
Journal of Gambling Studies – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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