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Per Binde


Per Binde
Gambling studies, Social Anthropology
+46 31 786 4143

Room number: C310a
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg
Duties: Researcher

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Per Binde

  • PhD in social anthropology in 1997.
  • Associate professor since 2010.
  • Researcher at the University of Gothenburg since 1997.

Previous research areas

  • Symbolism, ritual and myth relating to vitality and death in South Italian cultural tradition (doctoral thesis);
  • The symbolic landscape of the city of Rome;
  • Risk perception, risk communication and siting controversy in large scale infrastructure projects.

Areas of interest

Per Binde has studied gambling since 2001. His interest in gambling is broad, including regulation issues and problem gambling, but with a focus on the cultural dimensions of gambling and its social contexts.

Binde has done extensive field studies in Swedish gambling venues. With ethnographic and historical sources as a base, he has analyzed the distribution of gambling in the pre-colonial world, the relationships between gambling and socio-economic systems, and between gambling and religion. Several of Binde's empirical studies have concerned problem gambling. He has also written about regulation issues, analyzed data from population studies and reviewed various areas of gambling research.

Read more about Per Binde’s gambling research at his website The Anthropology of Gambling

Current research
Per Binde’s current research follows several tracks in the multidisciplinary field of gambling studies. Currently the focus is on exploring embezzlement and similar economic crimes committed at the workplace by problem gamblers. Other current interests are gambling advertising, the riskiness of various forms of gambling, and cultural aspects of the concept of “disordered gambling” in psychiatric nosology.

Teaching and tutoring

Supervision and examination at the School of Global Studies. Per Binde is a sought-after speaker and has over the past ten years delivered numerous lectures on gambling and problem gambling for public authorities, nonprofit organizations and stakeholders in the gaming sector.

Latest publications

The Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling: A revised framework for understanding gambling harm
Margo Hilbrecht, David Baxter, Max Abbott, Per Binde, Luke Clark et al.
Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Risk of problem gambling among occupational groups: A population and registry study
Per Binde, Ulla Romild
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Cadre conceptuel du jeu préjudiciable: Une collaboration internationale, troisième édition
Max Abbott, Per Binde, Luke Clarke, David Hodgins, Darrel Manitowabi et al.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, GREO - Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, Report 2018

Conceptual framework of harmful gambling: An international collaboration, Third Edition
Max Abbott, Per Binde, Luke Clark, David Hogins, Mark Johnson et al.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO), Report 2018

Forms of gambling, gambling involvement and problem gambling: Evidence from a Swedish population survey
Per Binde, Ulla Romild, Rachel A. Volberg
International Gambling Studies, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Gambling, Exchange Systems, and Moralities
Per Binde
Journal of Gambling Studies, Journal article 2005
Journal article

Att sälja en dröm: Om spelreklam och dess påverkan
Per Binde
Stockholm, Statens folkhälsoinstitut, Report 2005

Spel i ett antropologiskt perspektiv
Per Binde
Socialt Perspektiv, Magazine article 2005
Magazine article


Schismogenesis in a Swedish case of railway planning
Per Binde, Åsa Boholm
Facility Siting: Risk, Power and Identity in Land Use Planning / Boholm, Åsa, Löfstedt, Ragnar, London, Earthscan, Chapter in book 2004
Chapter in book


Risk som diskurs
Per Binde
Osäkerhetens horisonter: Kulturella och etiska perspektiv på samhällets riskfrågor, red.: Å. Boholm, S.O. Hansson, J. Persson & M. Petterson, Nora, Nya Doxa, Chapter in book 2002
Chapter in book


Nature in Roman Catholic tradition
Per Binde
Anthropological Quarterly, Journal article 2001
Journal article


The Swedish railroads: A brief historical background
Per Binde
National Objctives - Local Objections: Railroad Modernization in Sweden, ed. Å. Boholm, Göteborg, Livréna, Chapter in book 2000
Chapter in book

Case studies of railway controversies
Per Binde
National Objctives - Local Objections: Railroad Modernization in Sweden, ed. Å. Boholm, Göteborg, Livréna, Chapter in book 2000
Chapter in book

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