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Bar Wars: Contesting the Night in Contemporary British Cities

Phil Hadfield


In Britain today, if you are in the business of fighting crime, then you have to be in the business of dealing with alcohol. ‘Binge drinking’ culture is intrinsic to urban leisure and has come to pose a key threat to public order. Unsurprisingly, a struggle is occurring. Pub and club companies, local authorities, central government, the police, the judiciary, local residents, drug and alcohol campaign groups, and revellers all hold competing notions of social order in the night-time city and the appropriate uses and meanings of its public and private spaces. Bar Wars explores how official disc ... More

Keywords: night-time economy, violence, anti-social behaviour, binge drinking, policing, licensing, alcohol, urban governance, courts, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Hadfield, author
Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of York