New book: Exploring Nightlife Space, Society and Governance

Edited by Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge (and including collaborations of many members from LXNIGHTS)  the new book on urban night Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance will be published by Rowman and Littlefield International this May 2018.

Description: 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.

Table of Contents:

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


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About Daniel Malet Calvo

I have a PhD in Urban Anthropology (2011) from University of Barcelona where I also have graduated with a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2005), and a BA in History (2011). My thesis work puts forward a historical and ethnographic research focused on the most emblematic space in Lisbon's downtown: Praça do Rossio. I have been trained through many investigation projects, research grants and ethnographic works on Lisbon and Barcelona during my thesis, mainly focused on anthropology of urban space, city policies, collective action and olisipography. I'm also did research on Santiago island (Cape Verde archipelago), where I acquired experience on mobility conceptions, risk practices and urban renewal projects. Currently, as a post-doctoral researcher in the CIES-IUL (Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) I'm investigating ERASMUS students as a short-term migration actors involved on heritagization processes, space production and transnational dynamics. Besides this, I'm an active member of the Grup de Recerca sobre Exclusió i Control Socials (GRECS) in the Anthropology Department of the Universitat de Barcelona, and of the Institut Català d'Antropologia (ICA)

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