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ISBN: 9780199559749

Published: 1 Mar 09

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Nightlife and Crime

Social Order and Governance in International Perspective

Phil Hadfield

Nightlife and Crime is a collection of scholarly reports on crime and disorder in the Night Time Economies (NTEs) of 17 countries. This innovative volume provides an outward looking and international perspective on the area in an accessible and thought-provoking style. The issues raised in Nightlife and Crime go the heart of contemporary debates on 'binge-drinking' and anti-social behaviour which have been hotly debated in Britain following the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 and the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. Such themes are also at the forefront of public policy discourse and media interest in other countries such as Australia and Spain.

Academic literature on crime and policing in the night time economy has so far primarily focused on England and Australasia, with cross-cultural comparative approaches noticeable only by their absence. This title is a marked change from this tendency, allowing readers to access data and critique from an interdisciplinary team of world-renowned experts. The book's impressive range of contributors explicate the salient themes and particularities within the countries from which their research is drawn, and American contributions feature in-depth case studies tackling three different regions in the States. Other countries discussed include the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Norway and Hong Kong. Each contributor examines the main crime and disorder issues within their country's cultural contexts, summarising the police strategies used and their own research into the nature of the crime and disorder. Each chapter reflects on the broader challenges these crimes present to the economic and social life of towns, with the aim of facilitating the transfer of knowledge between scholars and practitioners in various parts of the world.

On the basis of the studies included in the volume, the Editor draws out tentative areas of comparative research in the introductory and concluding chapters, with the aim of encouraging the development of further comparative and collaborative research in the area. This unique, ambitious book is of interest to academics and practitioners alike who are tasked with making sense of this burgeoning area of criminology, and is also of value to undergraduate and postgraduate courses dealing with Night Time Economies.

The only title of its kind to take an outward-looking and international perspective - stimulates comparative thinking in this growing area of research

International contributions from world-renowned experts dealing with nightlife and crime in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain and Hong Kong amongst others

Features in-depth case studies from a cross-section of regions in America

Combines scholarly research and discussion of police practice - provides an accessible and illuminating resource for knowledge transfer between academics and criminal justice professionals

1: Dr Phil Hadfield: Introduction: Nightlife and Crime in International Perspective
2: Dr Phil Hadfield & Dr Fiona Measham: England and Wales
3: Dr Martin Elvins: Scotland
4: Dr Karen McElrath: Northern Ireland
5: Dr. Paula Mayock & Dr Mairead Seymour: Ireland
6: Dr Patrick van Calster, Dr Joanne van der Leun & Ninette van Hasselt: Netherlands
7: Professor Rosella Selmini: Italy
8: Anabel Rodrigueuz Basanta: Spain (Catalonia)
9: Dr Zsolt Demetrovics: Hungary
10: USA Case Studies
San Francisco and the Bay Area - Prof Geoffrey Hunt & Professor Karen Joe Laidler
New York City - Professor David Brotherton & Richard Ocejo
Mid-Size Cities in the USA - Professor Paul J. Gruenewald, Lillian Remer & Andrew J. Treno
11: Professor Kathryn Graham: Canada
12: Dr Sophie Vidali: Greece
13: Professor Karen Joe Laidler: Hong Kong province/China
14: Professor Mohamed Seedat, Professor Kopano Ratele & Monica Timmins: South Africa
15: Dr Tanya Chikritzhs: Australia
16: Dr Fiona Hutton: New Zealand
17: Dr Arvid Skutle: Norway
18: Marja Holmila & Katariina Warpenius: Finland
19: Dr Phil Hadfield: Conclusion: Nightlife and Crime: Towards a Comparative Understanding

Edited by Phil Hadfield , Dr Phil Hadfield, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds

Dr Phil Hadfield is a Senior Rearch Fellow at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds. Dr Hadfield has experience teaching courses on street crime, policing, criminological aspects of the Night Time Economy and research methods. Over the past ten years he has been involved in a variety of research projects focussing on crime and disorder in contemporary Night Time Economies (NTEs), culminating in the publication of two Clarendon Studies in Criminology series titles (Bar Wars: Contesting the Night in Contemporary British Cities, and Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-Time Economy). In conjunction with Continental European colleagues, Dr Hadfield is developing innovative comparative approaches on nightlife and crime. He is a member of an interdisciplinary consortium of 31 participants from ten European countries working on the 'informal economy' assessing deviance, crime and prevention in Europe.