Culture, consumption and gambling at the Sosiologipäivät

The yearly Finnish Sociologists’ days — an important ‘get together’ for sociologists – is held in Jyväskylä this week.
While CEACG-researchers are typically divided between many different workshops, one that they will most certainly be present in is the one concerned with culture and consumption. Since 2014 Riie Heikkilä and Anu Katainen have arranged the Culture and Consumption workshops.

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Harm to relationships caused by excessive online gaming

Are the offline and the online two competing social worlds, which need to be balanced? How does great online engagement affect close offline relationships with family and friends?

A new study by Hellman, Karjalainen and Majamäki (2016), published in the journal New Media and Society inquires into how persons in a close relationship with a gamer of Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) perceive relationship problems caused by the gaming hobby. The study points to the timeliness in devoting attention to the premises under which intimacy and commitment are negotiated in offline and online relationship constellations.

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CfC: SPECIAL ISSUE ON GAMBLING POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Gambling activity has reached unprecedented levels worldwide and the effects of gambling have come under intense public, political, and academic scrutiny. Problem gambling has emerged as a significant public health issue and there is a great need for a more thorough coherent scholarly discussion regarding ways in which gambling activities can and potentially should be controlled and governed in contemporary societies.

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Alice Rap A-Debate available online

ALICE RAP hosted an on-site and on-line final debate to present and discuss key research findings coming out of the project, their policy implications and the science with the greatest potential to contribute to smart and evidence-based global drugs policy.
The event participants were high-level scientists, policy actors from national and international organisations and expert civil society actors.
The online A-Debate was streamed live, and the session about the Area, which University of Helsinki has led, can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGLcPGJ3JEw

A-Debate: U-Turn on Addictions 17th-18th of February, 2016

Barcelona and online, 17th-18th February 2016
ALICE RAP will host an on-site and on-line final debate to present and discuss key research findings coming out of the project, their policy implications and the science with the greatest potential to contribute to smart and evidence-based global drugs policy. The event participants will be high-level scientists, policy actors from national and international organisations and expert civil society actors, and the debate is expected to shape the messages from multidisciplinary addiction science for drug policy influencers and implementers. The online A-Debate will be streamed live here and can be viewed by anyone, without registration. Registration will only be required to receive the draft A-Debate Science Summary Document and to participate actively online (by sending comments and questions to the discussions).
For more information, please see:
http://www.alicerap.eu/events/a-debate.html

Forthcoming book: Concepts of Addiction

Matilda Hellman is one of the editors and Michael Egerer and Riikka Perälä contributors in the forthcoming release Concepts of Addictive Substances and Behaviours across Time and Place by Oxford University Press.

Concepts of Addictive Substances and Behaviours across Time and Place is based on research from ALICE RAP (Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe, Reframing Addictions Project), a multidisciplinary European study of addictive substances, and behaviours in contemporary society.

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New publications by CEACG researchers

Reserchers of CEACG have authored two papers in the latest English Issue of the Finnish journal Sosiologia (4/2015). Matilda Hellman and Anu Katainen examine the relationship between the citizen and the state using the Finnish “Whiskygate” Alcohol Policy Debate of 2014 as their case. Michael Egerer and Anna Alanko study problem gambling from the perspective of the Finnish non-medical model of addiction.

Riikka Perälä‘s case study on emancipation and participation in drug treatment was published in the Special Issue on Civil Society of Foucalt Studies (Dec 2015).

Mikeshin: Substance Abuse in Russia

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On November 24, Igor Mikeshin, a sociocultural anthropologist and a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki, gave a presentation at the CEACG seminar. The presentation was titled “Cheap Dope, 2-2-8, and Jesus: Anthropology of Substance Abuse in Russia” and it covered the anthropology of substance abuse, substance use dependence in the present-day Russia as a field of social research, and Mikeshin’s current and future research.

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