Bouncers : Violence and Governance in the Night-Time Economy
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.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 145 x 224 x 23mm | 496g
- 29 May 2003
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
15 May 2003
10 Apr 2003
08 May 2003
04 Apr 2019
30 Jun 2014
Table of contents
About Professor Dick Hobbs
with Steve Hall, the co-grant holder for the ESRC "Bouncers" project
Philip Hadfield is currently an ESRC funded postgraduate student at the University of Durham. He recently graduated from the Universities of Keele and Cambridge, has published widely on regulatory and licensing aspects of the night-time economy and works part time as a DJ.
Stuart Lister is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the Home Office Alcohol and Crime Steering Group, and has published on various aspects of the night-time economy with particular reference to policing, regulation, and training.
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.