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Author Rigakos, George, author.

Title Nightclub : bouncers, risk, and the spectacle of consumption / George S. Rigakos
Published Montréal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (viii, 273 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Nightclub as a Risk Market -- "Policing" and "Bouncing" -- Bouncer Culture -- Getting In -- Getting Noticed -- Getting Home -- Epilogue: Confessions of a "Playa Hata" -- App. Observation Template
Summary "In the last thirty years bouncers have emerged as gatekeepers of contemporary urban cool, exclusivity, and social capital. In this ground-breaking empirical study, George Rigakos looks at the relation between consumption, security, and risk and challenges the idea of nightclubs as places of liberation and personal expression. People go to nightclubs to see and be seen - to view others as aesthetic objects and to present themselves as objects of desire. Rigakos argues that this activity fuses surveillance and aesthetic consumption - it fetishizes bodies and amplifies social capital, producing violence and crises fuelled by alcohol. At closing time, patrons flow out of the insular haze of the nightclub and onto city streets, moving from private spectacle to public nuisance. Bouncers are thus both policing agents in the nighttime economy and the gatekeepers of an urban risk market - a site of circumscribed transgression and consumption that begins at the nightclub door. This book shows that nightclubs are arenas for risk, whose security agents oversee more violence and danger than the public police, despite being unregulated and unaccountable."--Pub. desc
Analysis JSTOR-DDA
Nightclubs Social aspects
Consumption (Economics) Social aspects
Risk Sociological aspects
Private security services Case studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-268) and index
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Subject Bouncers.
Nightclubs -- Social aspects
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects
Private security services.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Negotiating.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Interpersonal Relations.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects.
Private security services.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008298623
ISBN 9780773574946