Young men’s smartphone sports gambling: masculinities, homosociality and risky places

Prof. Gordon Waitt1, Mr Hayden Cahill1, Professor Ross Gordon2

1Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space; School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia,

2Queensland University of Technology Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


Gender is a key lens for interpreting gambling. An overwhelming amount of gambling studies focus on gender as solely predetermined by genetic, psychological makeup, or configured by social structures or cultural scripts. In response, this article extends feminist geographical engagement with the work of Deleuze and Guattari to better understand how gender emerges through offering the concept of mobile smartphone sports gambling assemblage. We argue that an embodied engagement with gambling to help think through ways gender is lived through the spatial dynamics of mobile sports gambling. Our account draws on interviews with young men living in the small regional city of Wollongong, Australia.  We illustrate that despite the capacity to gamble anywhere and anytime, there is nonetheless a very specific emotional geography to mobile sports gambling, which is very much about finding a place for friendship and fulfilment between men.


Gordon Waitt is a Professor of Geography at the University of Wollongong. His work focuses on various social and environmental issues including energy efficiency, household sustainability, traffic congestion and gambling through a critical and reflexive lens.

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