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Gambling, the state and society in Thailand, c. 1800-1945

Author: James A Warren
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. ©2013
Series: Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia (2005), 82.
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"During the nineteenth century there was a huge increase in the level and types of gambling in Thailand. Taxes on gambling became a major source of state revenue, with the government establishing state-run lotteries and casinos in the first half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, over the same period, a strong anti-gambling discourse emerged within the Thai elite, which sought to regulate gambling through a  Read more...
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Warren, James A.
Gambling, the state and society in Thailand, c. 1800-1945.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012039547
(OCoLC)781675526
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James A Warren
ISBN: 9781135908935 1135908931 9780203552100 0203552105
OCLC Number: 841171211
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 244 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Gambling and socio-economic change in nineteenth-century Siam --
Games, dens and players : gambling in nineteenth-century Thai society --
Gambling revenue and the creation of the modern Thai nation-state --
The Thai elite, anti-gambling and lawmaking --
The police and enforcement --
The judiciary, punishment and the prison --
The press and the Bangkok middle class --
Buddhism, the sangha and the silent majority --
The criminalization of vice : gambling policy in comparative perspective.
Series Title: Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia (2005), 82.
Responsibility: James A. Warren.
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"During the nineteenth century there was a huge increase in the level and types of gambling in Thailand. Taxes on gambling became a major source of state revenue, with the government establishing state-run lotteries and casinos in the first half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, over the same period, a strong anti-gambling discourse emerged within the Thai elite, which sought to regulate gambling through a series of increasingly restrictive and punitive laws. By the mid-twentieth century, most forms of gambling had been made illegal, a situation that persists until today. This historical study, based on a wide variety of Thai- and English-language archival sources including government reports, legal cases and newspapers, places the criminalization of gambling in Thailand in the broader context of the country's socio-economic transformation and the modernization of the Thai state. Particular attention is paid to how state institutions, such as the police and judiciary, and different sections of Thai society shaped and subverted the law to advance their own interests. Finally, the book compares the Thai government's policies on gambling with those on opium use and prostitution, placing the latter in the context of an international clampdown on vice in the early twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

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