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The Psychodynamics of Casino Culture and Politics.

Yates, C., 2019. The Psychodynamics of Casino Culture and Politics. Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 12 (3), 217-230.

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DOI: 10.1332/204378919X15674406902661


The metaphor of the casino, with its associations of risk, uncertainty and illusion resonate at different levels of the contemporary cultural and political imagination where notions of chance and luck – together with the arbitrariness of being either a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ are pervading themes. This article discusses the notion of casino culture as a psycho-cultural formation and its relationship to the emergence of what I call ‘casino politics’. The article deploys a psycho-cultural approach that combines cultural and political analyses with object relations psychoanalysis in order to examine the cultural and unconscious investments that underpin the ideology of casino culture and its politics – particularly in the contemporary context of Brexit politics in the UK and Donald Trump’s Presidency in the US, where manic fantasies associated with gambling are mobilised as a defence against loss and uncertainty.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Casino politics; Object Relations Psychoanalysis; Gambler; Trump; House of Cards
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32837
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Oct 2019 15:39
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:18


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