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Title

“It’s only a game of chance”: A portrait of gambling among street children in Mumbai

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Department/School

Social Work

Publication Title

Journal of Adolescent Research

Abstract

For street children in Mumbai, gambling is mostly a social and recreational activity. This study is based on data gathered from a survey of 70 youths aged 12 to 24, two focus groups, and participant observation. It offers glimpses into various facets of their gambling, including age patterns, games played, venues, and how group and street subculture strongly influence participation. Street children perceive gambling as a “game of chance,” implying it is a form of recreation, not to be taken seriously. Given the pervasiveness of gambling and the absence of other recreational and money-saving opportunities, there is a need to design educational and preventive interventions for street children.

Link to Published Version

10.1177/0743558416684949

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