Jill B. Jones, Ph.D. ’97, Publishes Study of Women Working in Casinos

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 3:18 pm.

book-cover image: Casino WomenGraduate School of Social Work and Social Research alumna Jill B. Jones, Ph.D. ’97, has co-authored a new study of women who work in the gambling industry. Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places, published by Cornell University Press, is based on “extensive interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, managers, and vice presidents.”

The perspectives of two broad groups of women are explored: one typified by a Nicaraguan immigrant who “overcame her initial fear of organizing ” to join and eventually lead the Culinary Union, one of the most successful grassroots labor organizations in the country. A second group, including dealers and middle managers, “remained silent, declining to speak out when others were abused, and in the case of middle managers, taking on the corporations’ goals as their own.” Jones and co-author Susan Chandler “appraise the cost of their silence and examine the factors that pushed some women into activism and led others to accept the status quo.”

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