When a door closes, a window opens.
One of the main problems with researching gambling is access to the field. Casino environment, for example, is usually off the limits for an inquisitive photographer or a film-maker. Gambling industry operators are not keen on talking to researchers. Not that we are a threat to them, several colleagues told me while sharing a similar experience, but merely a nuisance. Gambling industry is fast-growing, fast-changing and competitive. Hanging out with researchers is not the best use of these people’s time, I am told. Knocking on these closed doors seems like a big limitation, but it can also become a source of creativity. So it’s true: when a door closes, a window opens.
I recently came back from a field trip on the border between Macedonia and Greece. I visited a small town of Gevgelija which has become a favourite gambling and leisure destination…
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