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Spatial governance and the night-time economy

Clare Herrick

in Governing health and consumption

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426383
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426383.003.0008
Spatial governance and the night-time economy

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This chapter explores the rise of London's night-time economy as a particular example of the potentially risky environments within which individuals are being asked to regulate and modify their own behaviour. Just as with the food economy, London's night-time economy — composed of the nation's largest selection of bars, pubs and nightclubs — is now an important element of the city's broader economic success. Beyond the issues raised by the commodification and commercialisation of the night-time experience, changing drinking environments also raise associated questions of how these may problematise existing codes of sanctioned behaviour. Indeed, with the conscious efforts to create the ‘24-hour city’, or to encourage ‘café culture’ through licensing reform, the ways in which people drink and, therefore, the risks associated with these practices, have inevitably altered.

Keywords: London; night-time economy; food economy; nightclubs; drinking environments

Chapter.  13546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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