Violence and Governance in the Night-Time Economy
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Bouncers by Professor Dick Hobbs
Book DescriptionIn 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 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 intoxication, and 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 observation, and 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199252244
(224mm x 145mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Dick Hobbs
Lush Life, Hardback (January 2013)
An in depth sociological, historical and personal analysis of the concept and reality of organised crime in the UK. With interviews from thieves, dealers and criminal entrepreneurs, the book explores the flexible nature of the criminal market, the constructed nature of the notion of organised crime, and the normalisation of criminality.
Bouncers, Paperback (June 2005)
Features an attempt to understand Britain's night-time economy, the violence that pervades it, and the bouncers whose job it is to prevent it. Using ethnography, participant observation and extensive interviews, this book charts the emergence of bouncers as one of the graphic symbols in the iconography of post industrial Britain.
Bad Business, Hardback (November 1995)» View all books by Professor Dick Hobbs
This study offers disturbing insights into the activities and attitudes of professional criminals in the UK. The work is based upon interviews with generations of criminals whose activities range across a number of different crimes.
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Author Biography - Professor Dick Hobbs
Simon Winlow is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teesside. He gained his Ph.D. from Durham University in 1999 and has published on crime, masculinities, research methods and various aspects of the night-time economy. His first book, Badfellas,(Berg 2001)an ethnography based upon his Ph.D.
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