Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-Time Economy

Paperback | June 30, 2005

byDick Hobbs, Philip Hadfield, Stuart Lister

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In recent years, the expansion of night-time leisure has emerged as a key indicator of post-industrial urban prosperity, attracting investment, creating employment and re-generating the built environment. These leisure economies are youth-dominated, focusing upon the sale and consumption of alcohol. Unprecedented numbers of young people now flock to town centres that are crammed with bars, pubs and clubs, and the resulting violent disorder has over run police resources that remain geared to thedrinking patterns and alcohol cultures of previous generations. Post-industrial re-structuring has spawned an increasingly complex mass of night-time leisure options through which numerous licit and illicit commercial opportunities flow. Yet, regardless of the fashionable and romantic notions of many contemporary urban theorists, it is alcohol, mass intoxicationand profit rather than 'cultural regeneration,' which lies at the heart of this rapidly expanding dimension of post-industrial urbanism. Private security in the bulky form of bouncers fills the void left by the public police. These men (only 7% are women), whose activities are barely regulated by the State, are dominated by a powerful subculture rooted in routine violence and intimidation. Using ethnography, participant observationand extensive interviews with all the main players, this controversial book charts the emergence of the bouncer as one of the most graphic symbols in the iconography of post industrial Britain.

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In recent years, the expansion of night-time leisure has emerged as a key indicator of post-industrial urban prosperity, attracting investment, creating employment and re-generating the built environment. These leisure economies are youth-dominated, focusing upon the sale and consumption of alcohol. Unprecedented numbers of young peopl...

Dick Hobbs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Durham. He has published widely on various aspects of criminal cultures, policing, research methods, professional and organised crime, and the night-time economy. He has published edited collections of papers on ethnographic research, and professional crime, and his two single ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:323 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.77 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199288003

ISBN - 13:9780199288007

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Table of Contents

1. Let the Good Times Roll: Liminality and the Night-Time Economy2. After-Dark 'Fun' and its Control in the Industrial City3. Post-Industrial Manchester: From Cotton to Carlsberg4. Tommy Smith's Story: Four Decades on the Door5. A Word at the Door: Bouncers On Their Work6. Manners Maketh the Man: Licensing 'Door Supervisors' and the Discourses of Professionalism and Safety7. Market Force: Class, Violence, and Liminal Buiness on the Night-Time Frontier8. Night Futures: The Marketization of License and Control9. Big People, Dirty Work; A Conclusion

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`... a pioneering and exciting study that opens up for police researchers, criminologists, urban ethnographers and sociologists a fascinating look into the night-time economy...'Theoretical Criminology