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Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-Time Economy

Dick Hobbs, Philip Hadfield, Stuart Lister, and Simon Winlow


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 the drinking patterns and alcohol cultures of previous generations. Post-industrial re-structuring has s ... More

Keywords: leisure economies, urban prosperity, leisure economies, alcohol, private security, bouncers, policing, subculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dick Hobbs, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Durham

Philip Hadfield, author
ESRC funded Researcher, Department of Sociology, University of Durham

Stuart Lister, author
Research Fellow, University of Leeds