Young adults and the night-time economy

Authored by: Robert G. Hollands

Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804357
eBook ISBN: 9781315753058
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619895


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Economic and political restructuring over the last three decades has wrought many changes on the cities we live, work and play in, and has had a profound effect on young adults’ consumption habits. One change has been the development of a new ‘urban entertainment brand’ which has reshaped many parts of city landscapes into corporate nightlife and leisure hubs (Gottdiener, 2001; Klein, 2000; Hannigan, 1998), characterised by the ritual descent of young adults into city-centre bars, pubs and clubs especially during the weekend (Smith, 2014; Hatfield, 2006; Hobbs et al., 2003; Chatterton and Hollands, 2001; Malbon, 1999; Hollands, 1995). Visiting pubs, bars and clubs, has become an integral part of many young people’s consumption lives today, with 80 per cent of the 15–24 year old group engaged in this activity in the UK (Mintel, 2000: 15). This chapter analyses young adults’ experiences of a ‘night out’, drawing primarily on three UK cities, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle, and is concerned with the production, regulation and consumption of the ‘night-time economy’ (or ‘urban nightscapes’, see Chatterton and Hollands, 2003).

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