Closures, clusters and deprivation: the geographies of high street betting shops in the early twenty-first century

Hall, Tim, Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Nash-Williams, Grace (2021) Closures, clusters and deprivation: the geographies of high street betting shops in the early twenty-first century. Geography, 106 (3). pp. 128-135. doi:10.1080/00167487.2021.1970927

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Abstract

Betting shops have been a familiar, if not universally loved, feature on the High Street in all towns and cities throughout the UK for some 60 years. In recent years, concerns have been expressed about the undesirability of their presence in the urban retail environment. This article analyses the geographies of betting shops in six urban areas in the UK. It explores the basic geographies of betting shops in these towns and cities and specifically the charges that they show a tendency to form clusters and that they are disproportionately found in areas of high deprivation. It finds some evidence to support these claims, but recognises some important qualifications. This analysis is set within the recent sharp decline of betting shop numbers in the UK. The policy implications of these findings are drawn out.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School > Marketing, Events, Hospitality and Tourism
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 08:45
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 08:45
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10236

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