By Deborah Talbot
Even though fears approximately ailment, violence and binge-drinking were well-publicized, much less consciousness has been paid to the social and cultural merits of a various city nightlife. This well timed paintings examines the techniques that experience resulted in a mainstreaming of subcultural expression at evening, and the effect of laws geared toward supplying new powers to regulate and comprise the 'social challenge' of up to date nightlife.
content material: Nightlife and outsider components in an period of spatial and subcultural closure : recasting the politics of pop culture --
Negotiating study into the rules of 'outsider components' --
the expansion, criminalisation and decline of unregulated evening areas in Southview --
city regeneration, clash and alter --
From nightlife to the 'night-time economic system' --
Licensing and the lack of political and ethical authority --
Licensing, policing and the casual mechanics of exclusion.
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Extra info for Regulating the Night: Race, Culture and Exclusion in the Making of the Night-time Economy (Re-Materialising Cultural Geography)
The point of participant observation in this sense was not to study subcultures, as is the tradition of youth culture research. In any event, such conceptions were largely irrelevant in what were wholly commercial spaces and certainly not of interest to those with a predilection for alternative culture (Thornton 1995). However, as the prior statement implies, the ‘ethnography’ was conducted from a standpoint of prior experience of radical popular cultures, and judgments were undoubtedly made as to the quality of the culture on offer and the forms of discrimination observable.
This book is an attempt to grasp how this dualism manifests itself in local regeneration and regulatory strategies in the development of night-time economies. Mediated at local level, the dualism of the reality of exclusion and the fantasy of assimilation becomes retranslated as the theft of subcultural product and its retranslation into a sanitised version of itself (White 2004) alongside the practical exclusion from the actual gains of revalorisation. Subcultures and the counterculture were innovative and experimental, but also dangerous and destructive.
The unregulated clubs in Southview were seen as a cause of criminal association and conflict - a view also expressed by parents and community leaders during the investigation of the events of 1981, although such sentiments were common to mainstream opinion across the UK (Keith 1993). The official line, however, was somewhat fatuous given that, as one MP noted at the time, the police had closed down the only legal nightclub in the area. As he argued, if there were “no legal facilities for clubs which permit drinking, dancing and games like dominoes or pool, then the need will be met by illegal facilities” (Report Transcripts 1981, HO 266/32: 21).