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TIM press published a new book by Boris Kozjak: Gambling. From Pastime to Social Pathology.

Gambling is a universal activity in which people of different cultures and in completely separate social groups engaged during the entire history. For thousands of years people gamble for pleasure, for companionship or to escape from reality, but also to win some money, or acquire a reputation - the list is diverse almost as much as the lottery games themselves. However, despite this heterogeneity, there is one feature common to all forms of gambling, and that is the redistribution of value (usually money) in the system of happiness. Although the measure of value and percentage of happiness may vary considerably, the presence of both parameters is essential for the existence of gambling.


Boris Kozjak was born in 1948 in Potok, Kutina. He graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb in 1997, got a master's degree in Economics in 1999, and at the end of 2013 received his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. He spent the largest part of his working life in Croatia Lottery, and took part in ten international conferences where he dealt with the sociological aspects of gambling. Since the academic year 2015/2016 Kozjak works at the Department of Sociology of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. He has been a longtime member of the Croatian Sociological Association.

  • ISBN: 978-953-7177-72-0
  • Year of the edition: 2016
  • Number of pages: 396
  • Cover: paperback
  • Dimensions: 1550x2350 mm

The author discusses the history of gambling and various theoretical approaches to the gambling analysis, operationalizing especially the sociological approach in which gambling is considered as a historical but also a very important modern phenomenon. The book follows the most important researches on gambling in the world and the most important results of the sociological study of gambling in Croatia that deals with common transitions of "the average gambler" - from "recreational player" to social pathology.

Ognjen Čaldarović, PhD


The scientific and professional contribution of this work consists in its truly thorough and systematic clarification of the phenomenon of gambling, betting and lottery games, their meaning, as well as their positive and negative consequences in society and among individuals in the world, with special emphasis on the contemporary Croatian society. In addition, the book contains a list of all of the published regulations on gambling in general in today's Republic of Croatia, and in a special way, presents and analyzes the stand of religious communities on gambling. Therefore, this work will most certainly have a significant and multifaceted impact on clarifying the phenomenon of gambling in our society.

Ivan Markešić, PhD


Given the fact that several authors published studies, papers and books on psychosocial rehabilitation, the publication of this book in Croatia rounds up the phenomenology of gambling in a complementary way. This is the first research that comprehensively defines the terms, shows the history of gambling in the world, and in Croatia, and deals with sociological approach to gambling, with a particularly interesting display as many as 24 authors who have studied this phenomenon. The author deals with the study of the stand of Croatian religious communities on gambling, the relationship of print and electronic media to gambling, legal regulations, depicting of the social pathologies and prevention programs, as well as treatment and rehabilitation of pathological gamblers.

Zoran Zoričić, PhD