Zhao Jian; Shen Shanlong
September 1983
Chinese Sociology & Anthropology;Fall1983/Winter1984, Vol. 16 Issue 1/2, p195
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the circumstances of gambling in Shanghai Municipality. Gambling, by its very nature, is a kind of immoral behavior which benefits oneself at the expense of others and which gains without working. Due the identity of interests of the exploiting classes gambling activities always received protection and acquiescence from those in power during historical periods of reactionary rule. According to relevant statistics, in 1981 the number of person-times which required handling because of assemblage for gambling was twice that of the previous year. In urban districts a period of gambling with caroms was in vogue in early 1981 when in large streets and small lanes everywhere stalls were set up, numbering more than 4,000 during the peak period. The spread of gambling has brought very serious harm to society. In Shiwan Commune, Chuansha County, one recently married member lost money because of gambling and used his wife's dowry to pay off gambling debts and even lost the bicycle he borrowed from the in-laws, all of which finally caused the couple to divorce.


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