Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 247–260

Really not god: Secularization and pragmatism in Gamblers Anonymous

  • Basil R. Browne

DOI: 10.1007/BF02104966

Cite this article as:
Browne, B.R. J Gambling Stud (1994) 10: 247. doi:10.1007/BF02104966


The paper argues that despite maintaining the image of a twelve-step organization, the central theme of the history of Gamblers Anonymous (GA) in the United States is the increasing secularization of the program of the recovery. The paper documents the increasing secularization and pragmatism of Gamblers Anonymous, as reflected in key documents, despite the spiritual vision of its founding member. The author speculates on why Gamblers Anonymous took a secularized development path. Further research is called for.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Basil R. Browne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyQueens College/CUNYFlushing

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