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Type of Document Dissertation
Author James, M. Kelly
Author's Email Address Jamesm1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0517102-111730
Title Pleasure Principles: The Social Construction of Gambling and Sex Addiction Treatment
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William B. Bankston Committee Chair
F. Andrew Deseran Committee Member
Mike Grimes Committee Member
Thomas Durant Committee Member
Don Marzolf Dean's Representative
  • gender studies
  • labeling theory
  • women's studies
  • addiction
  • stigma
Date of Defense 2002-04-15
Availability unrestricted
The transformation of behavior into deviance requires many players, individuals, and institutions invested in the social construction process and its outcomes. Although considered private recreational matters by some, gambling and having sex are gaining spotlight in the addiction arena. With the growing availability of casino entertainment, lotteries, OTB venues, prostitution, internet pornography, and 900 numbers, gambling and sex are interpreted, labeled, and treated by addiction recovery specialists. Using ethnographic methods and face-to-face interviews, I explore a southern community’s institutions and practitioners providing services to gambling and sex addicts. I examine the community’s discourse and its methods for defining and controlling addictive behaviors and addicted people. The research results in a set of typifications therapists use to explain addicted people. I analyze the gender-based frames and explore the ramifications of these frames.
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