A project funded by the UK Government's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
APRIL 2000 TO MARCH 2002
Even a casual observer could not fail to notice the ritual descent of young adults onto city centre streets every Friday and Saturday night. City councils, the media and development agencies increasingly make reference to the quality of night life aimed at young people to boost the image of cities while commentators remark on the role of night time activity in the revival of Britain's city centres. This project, then, looks in more detail at the connections between young people and changes in urban nightlife (bars, clubs, pubs, music venues).
In particular, we are concerned with who currently owns the pub, bar and club sectors; the growing theming and branding of nightlife spaces; new methods of surviellance and control especially CCTV; and issues of access, safety and exclusion. Over the last decade new types of upmarket, branded nightlife, especially more cosmopolitan style and café bars, and larger super-pubs and -clubs have come to dominate nightlife in most cities. In the wake of this growth, older/historic and alternative/independent nightlife are being squeezed out, shut down or bought out. By talking to groups of young people, nightlife operators and regulators in several cities, this project aims to shed light on some of the implications of, and reactions to, the emergence of these 'cool cities'. We ask - whose nightlife? whose culture? whose city?
This project is funded by the ESRC, and is being undertaken in
CURDS and the
Department of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, UK.
NEW BOOK NOW AVAILABLE Changing our 'toon'. Youth nightlife and Urban Change in Newcastle (2001)
FRIDAY NIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT Youth cultural identity in the post industrial city, Robert Hollands (1995) (pdf format)
Case Study Reports
Youth nightlife and Urban Change in Newcastle: 15 page summary
Maps for Newcastle Ownership, and Branding and Style.
Data for Newcastle Fig 1. Change in ownership 1950-2000 , Fig 2. Current venue owners and Fig 3. Current venue styles.
Youth culture and nightlife in Bristol. Full Report - 100 pages
Youth culture and nightlife in Bristol. Summary - 10 pages
Maps for Bristol Ownership, Branding and Style.
Data for Bristol Fig 1. Change in ownership 1950-2000 , Fig 2. Current venue owners and Fig 3. Current venue styles.
Youth and nightlife in the corporate city. The case of Leeds. Full Report - 100 pages
Youth and nightlife in the corporate city. The case of Leeds. Summary Report - 10 pages
Maps for Leeds Ownership , Branding and Style.
Data for Leeds Fig 1. Change in ownership 1950-2000 , Fig 2. current venue owners and Fig 3. Current venue styles.
RADIO 4 THINKING ALLOWED WITH LAURIE TAYLOR (2/1/02 - 30 MINS)
TYNE TEES TV VIDEO CLIP. (2 mins) 30/10/01
FINANCIAL TIMES. Exclusion from bars that goes beyond door policy Oct 31, 2001 By CHRIS TIGHE
THE INDEPENDENT. Boozers lose out to designer bar culture. 01 November 2001. By Cahal Milmo
GUARDIAN. Night on the toon fades into wine bar chic. November 1, 2001. By Martin Wainwright
BBC NEWS Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 16:55 GMT 'Flashy' bars upstage a pint and kebab
TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT Friday, 2nd Novemebr, 2001, 'Vodka threatens Geordie spirit... almost'
THE NEWCASTLE JOURNAL Friday 2nd November, 2001, 'Flashy' bars upstage a pint and kebab
THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, Friday 2nd November, 2001, 'Bitter taste of trendy bars'
THE SUNDAY OBSERVER, Nov 4, 2001. Eye witness: Not all students are drunkards. Just most.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST. Nov 2, 2001. Barred by the style police BY ALISON BELLAMY
Chatterton, P. and Hollands, R (2002) Theorising Urban Playscapes: Producing, Regulating and Consuming Youthful Nightlife City Spaces. Urban Studies. Vol. 39, No. 1. p95-116
Chatterton, P. (2002) 'Squatting is still legal, necessary and free'. A brief intervention in the corporate city. Antipode. Vol. 34, No. 1.
Chatterton, P. (2000) 'Will the real creative city please stand up? City. Vol 4. No 3.p 390-397
Hollands, R. (2002) 'Division in the dark: Youth cultures, transitions and segmented consumption spaces in the night-time economy'. Journal of Youth Studies 5, 2, pp. 1-20.
COMING SOON. Changing times for an old industrial city. Youth, nightlife and urban change in Newcastle. Robert Hollands and Paul Chatterton
COMING SOON. Chatterton, P. and Hollands, H. (2003) A tale of three cities. Making urban nightscapes in Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds, in NIGHT AND THE CITY (eds.)Anthony Kinik and Geoff Stahl. Verso.
NEW MAJOR BOOK FROM ROUTLEDGE IN 2003 Chatterton, P. and Hollands, H. (2003) Making Urban Playscapes. Youth cultures and pleasure spaces and corporate power. London: Routledge
The research team
Dr Paul Chatterton - Project Co-ordinator (email@example.com)
Dr Robert Hollands - Project Co-ordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Bernie C. Byrnes - Research Associate (email@example.com)
Ms Caitlin Read - Research Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Meg Aubrey - Research Assistant (Meg_Aubrey@excite.com)
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