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By Silvia Rief

This e-book explores modern membership and dance cultures as a manifestation of aesthetic and prosthetic kinds of existence. Rief addresses the questions of the way practices of clubbing aid domesticate specific types of reflexivity and modes of expertise, and the way those form new units for reconfiguring the limits round adolescence cultural and different social identities. She contributes empirical analyses of ways such types of adventure are mediated through the actual constructions of night-clubbing economies, the organizational rules and the neighborhood association of expertise in membership areas, the media discourses and imageries, the applied sciences intervening into the feel approach of the physique (e.g. song, visuals, medicinal drugs) and the tutorial discourses on dance tradition. even if the ebook attracts from neighborhood membership scenes in London and in different places within the united kingdom, it additionally displays on similarities and transformations among nightclubbing cultures throughout geographical contexts.

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Nevertheless, night-life entertainment in both cities was directly affected by the new rationales of urban governance, planning and licensing. Both Istanbul and London have big night-life clusters in their centres with a long tradition and history, but which also pose challenges for the local authorities such as overcrowding and public order problems. In addition to these centres, important night-life clusters are located in other areas in close proximity to residential areas. Although both cities aspired to become a ‘world city’, the image of the modern ‘European’ city and its urban social and night-life culture also served as an ideal in the development of urban centres and in the governance of night-life entertainment.

Clubs that indicated trends of the nightclub industry at the time such as newly opened ‘super-clubs’ or hybrid restaurant-bar-clubs were also included. Due to limited resources preference was given to locations within zones one and two in central London. The clubs were visited once or twice on different nights of the week with exceptions outlined further below. All of the events and clubs were advertised in listing magazines or otherwise. Ethnographic fieldwork stretched over the period from November 1999 to March 2001, but additional visits followed between 2002 and 2004 as well as in 2007.

Yet, they are often powerless to prevent disorder (Talbot 2006: 161) and operate in an environment where socio-cultural codes clash with the legal norms as in the case of widespread, widely accepted and even expected drug consumption. Clubs have to implement a drug policy and demonstrate the willingness to share intelligence on drug use and drug dealing with the police. This is a somewhat hypocritical measure with little effect except perhaps for deterring punters from bringing big amounts of drugs to the premises.

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