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The Licensing Act 2003 and the problematization of the night-time economy: Planning, licensing and subcultural closure in the UK

Talbot, Deborah (2006). The Licensing Act 2003 and the problematization of the night-time economy: Planning, licensing and subcultural closure in the UK. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30(1) pp. 159–171.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2006.00642.x
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Abstract

Nightlife historically has been viewed as a social problem to be contained by licensing,
policing and the management of supply. In the context of recent trends towards
deregulation of hours and supply, fears have again resurfaced as to the detrimental
impact of the ‘night-time economy’ on street disorder and violence, concerns that have
focused attention on the Licensing Act 2003. Utilizing a case study of the regulation of
nightlife in the London locality of Southview, this article will explore how there has been
ongoing and renewed attention on the problems associated with the night-time economy
centred on differentiating between risky and safe cultural and economic forms. The
article will argue that the Licensing Act represents a consolidation of over a decade of
regulatory change that has ‘reordered’ regulatory approaches to nightlife; one that has,
in combination with other aspects of economic, social and cultural change, been
productive of ‘subcultural closure’.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0309-1317
Keywords: Licensing night-time economy nightlife race ethnicity cities
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 13201
Depositing User: Deborah Talbot
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2009 15:22
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 13:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/13201
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