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.
Acknowledgements / List of Figures / INTRODUCTION, by Adam Eldridge & Jordi Nofre / PART 1 - Nightlife and Urban Change in the Neo-liberal City / 1. Chrystel Oloukoï. The night in Maboneng (Johannesburg, South Africa): An urban frontier in-between securization, commodification and contestation. / 2. Peta Wolifson. ‘Civilising’ by gentrifying: The contradictions of neoliberal planning for nightlife in Sydney. / 3. Nihad Čengić & Jordi Martín-Díaz: Night-time economy and urban development in post-socialist Sarajevo. / 4. Penny Koutrolikou: Kerameikos – Metaxourgio: Entertaining ourselves in Athens’ “ghettoes of the mind”. / PART 2 - Power, Culture and Identity / 5. Atepheh Amid: Mashhad, Iran: Challenges and Opportunities in a 24-hour City / 6. José Sánchez-García: Cairo Nights: Mulids and the politics of Mahraganat music. / 7. Samantha Wilkinson: Young People, Alcohol and Suburban Nightscapes in Manchester. / 8. Marion Roberts: Reviewing night-time economy policies through a gendered lens: gender aware or gender neutral? / PART 3 - Governance of the Urban Night / 9. Daniel Malet-Calvo, João Carlos Martins & Íñigo Sánchez-Fuarros: Consumption patterns of Erasmus students in Lisbon: Circulating between mainstream and alternative nightscapes. / 10. Emanuele Giordano & Dominique Crozat: Nightlife and urban change in Southern European cities: The case of Montpellier. / 11. Irina van Aalst & Ilse van Liempt: Red Light Districts of Amsterdam. / 12. Helena Valente, Cristiana Pires & Helena Carvalho: Nightlife as an educational setting: the harm reduction perspective in Portugal. / 13. Marcos Paulo Ferreira de Góis: Policies for nightlife and the democratic city: from urban renewal to behaviour control in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / PART 4 – EPILOGUE, by Will Straw
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.
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.
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.
Cities after dark are places of mystery, the imagination, pleasure, danger, economic life, a plethora of social and cultural worlds, and much more besides. This collection of chapters on night life in cities from across the globe, sheds light on this often neglected issue which is of increasing relevance to policy makers and city dwellers alike. A fascinating and intelligent contribution to urban studies.
In urban studies, night is the final frontier. For the last several years, Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge have engaged colleagues in a series of studies of nightlife in cities around the globe. The results are presented here, with contributions from scholars that bridge four continents and nearly two dozen cities. From the editor’s outstanding introduction with its overview of the development of urban nightlife in the 19th Century to the engaging afterword by Will Straw, readers have the opportunity to visit and learn about nightlife in Amsterdam, Cairo, Johannesburg, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Sidney and beyond. It is a journey not to be missed!
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.