Rowman and Littlefield International

Exploring Nightlife

Space, Society and Governance

Edited by Jordi Nofre Mateo and Adam Eldridge

Publication Date: May 2018

Pages 320

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While the night has long been associated with crime and fear, over recent decades ‘nightlife’ has become increasingly associated with the creative economy, tourism, sociability, job growth, and urban regeneration. Debates about anti-social behaviour, morality, and safety continue to shape our understanding of the night but newer concerns have also emerged about gentrification, economic and social exclusion, commercialisation, and over-development. Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance is the first edited volume that critically examines nightlife from a cross-disciplinary and international perspective. Comprising original contemporary research, the collection brings together case studies from across the globe that explore topics including nightlife and urban development, race, gender and youth culture, alcohol and drug use, and urban renewal. In doing so, each chapter explores nightlife in relation to local and global structures of power and governance. Exploring Nightlife is an ideal introduction to the emerging field of night-time studies and will be a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in geography, cultural studies, sociology, youth, leisure, and urban studies.
Introduction, Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge/ Part I: Nightlife and Urban Change in the Neo-liberal City/ 1. Nightlife and urban change in Southern European cities: The case of Montpellier and Lisbon, Emanuele Giordano, João Carlos Martins, Dominique Crozat and Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros/ 2. ‘Civilising’ by gentrifying: The contradictions of neoliberal planning for nightlife in Sydney, Peta Wolifson/ 3. Night-time economy and urban development in post-socialist Sarajevo, Jordi Martín-Díaz, Nihad Čengić and Jordi Nofre/ 4. The night in Maboneng (Johannesburg, South Africa): An urban frontier in-between securization, commodification and contestation, Chrystel Olouko/ 5. Kerameikos – Metaxourgio: Entertaining ourselves in Athens’ “ghettoes of the mind”, Penny Koutrolikou/ Part II: Power, Culture and Identity/ 6. Cairo Nights: Mulids and the politics of Mahraganat music, José Sánchez-García/ 7. Consumption patterns of Erasmus students in Lisbon: Circulating between mainstream and alternative nightscapes, Daniel Malet-Calvo/ 8. Young People, Alcohol and Suburban Nightscapes in Manchester, Samantha Wilkinson/ 9. ‘I’m too old for that now’: The importance of life course in student nightlife normativities in Flanders, Valerie De Craene/10. Reviewing night-time economy policies through a gendered lens: gender aware or gender neutral?, Marion Roberts/ Part III: Law, Control and Governance of the Urban Night/ 11. Red Light Districts of Amsterdam, Irina Van Aalst and Ilse Van Liempt/ 12. Nightlife as an educational setting: the harm reduction perspective in Portugal, Helena Valente and Cristiana Pires/ 13. Policies for nightlife and the democratic city: from urban renewal to behaviour control in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcos Paulo Ferreira De Góis/ Epilogue, Will Straw/Index
A fascinating collection of research from around the world, providing illuminating case studies of cities undergoing profound social and economic changes after dark. Nightlife involves key aspects of urban governance and social justice, which are now major topics of interest in Human Geography; the editors are to be congratulated for achieving the difficult task of marshalling diverse international perspectives from a range of established and emerging scholars.
Phil Hadfield, Advisory Board Member, the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds
This book is a fascinating collection of essays on nightlife in cities that have been underrepresented in the Anglophone literature. The chapters illustrate the intersection of global nocturnalization and planetary neoliberal gentrification, while also foregrounding the variegated forms of local nightlife governance and identity politics embedded in these processes. The book signals where urban night studies are, and should be, heading.
Laam Hae, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University
Though nightlife is often cast as the premiere site of leisure—escapism, excess, erotics—Exploring Nightlife demonstrates how pubs, clubs, and commercial neighborhoods are managed by institutional forces, from “Nightlife Czars” to urban gentrification. Via rich descriptions of soundscapes and “drinkscapes,” temporal and spatial analyses, and expert attention to political economy, the book promises exciting new contributions to nightlife studies.
Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama & Dance and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University
Jordi Nofre Mateo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CICS.Nova –Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social & Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon.
Adam Eldridge is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology; Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Westminster.

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