The Dostoevsky Effect: Problem Gambling and the Origins of Addiction

Hardcover | February 12, 2013

byLorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese, Sasha Stark

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When writing his novella The Gambler in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky remained true to the old adage "write what you know." Critically acclaimed for its insight into the mind of a gambling addict, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into Dostoevsky's personal struggle with gambling. Themanuscript, in fact, was written to pay off a debt he owed to his publisher. A decade of Dostoevsky's adult life was consumed by gambling, yet the reason behind his startling dependency has remained largely unknown. In comparing Dostoevsky's life with the experience of modern-day gamblers, documented through in-depth interviews and written biographical accounts, a team ofleading sociologists have uncovered the Dostoevsky Effect. This model proposes that social factors - especially childhood trauma and a poor ability to deal with adult stress - are often the cause of gambling addiction rather than, as some have argued, an inherited predisposition to wager.The Dostoevsky Effect offers new insight into Dostoevsky's life and work, and using contemporary field research draws surprising connections to today's gamblers, blurring the often elusive line between fact and fiction.

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When writing his novella The Gambler in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky remained true to the old adage "write what you know." Critically acclaimed for its insight into the mind of a gambling addict, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into Dostoevsky's personal struggle with gambling. Themanuscript, in fact, was written to pay off a debt he ...

Lorne Tepperman is a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. He is the co-author of Problem Gambling in Canada and the author of Betting Their Lives: The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers, both published by Oxford University Press. Patrizia Albanese is professor of sociology at Ryerson University and the author of Child ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPart I. Gambling in the Life of Dostoevsky1. An Introduction to Dostoevsky's Life2. Historical Context: Gambling in Nineteenth-Century Russia3. What Do Dostoevsky's Novels Reflect?4. Traditional Explanations of Dostoevsky's GamblingPart II. The Dostoevsky Process Today5. Childhood Stress6. Adulthood Stress7. Maladaptive Coping8. How Gambling Makes Life WorsePart III. Non-Dostoevskian Processes9. Opportunity and Acceptability10. Learning at Home and in the Community11. How Do Non-Problem Gambling Families Compare?Part IV. Conclusions and Implications12. The Gambler, Then and Now13. Lessons from and for Dostoevsky14. Implications for Children and Social PolicyAppendix 1: A Theoretical FrameworkAppendix 2: How We Did This StudyNotesReferencesIndex