Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-time Economy

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Overview

This book is the first 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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199252244
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Hobbs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Durham. He has published widely on various aspects of criminal cultures, policing, research methods, professional and organised crime, and the night-time economy. He has published edited collections of papers on ethnographic research, and professional crime, and his two single authored books (both published with OUP) are Doing the Business (1988) which won the Abrams Prize, and Bad Business (1995). He was, 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.

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Table of Contents

1 Let the good times roll : liminality and the night-time economy 13
2 After-dark 'fun' and its control in the industrial city 53
3 Post-industrial Manchester : from cotton to Carlsberg 71
4 Tommy Smith's story : four decades on the door 109
5 A word at the door : bouncers on their work 119
6 Manners maketh the man : licensing 'door supervisors' and the discourses of professionalism and safety 165
7 Market force : class, violence, and liminal business on the night-time frontier 211
8 Night futures : the marketization of license and control 245
9 Big people, dirty work : a conclusion 269
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