Violent Night: Urban Leisure and Contemporary Culture

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Berg Publishers, 2006 - Social Science - 224 pages
Why do our night-time cities seem to mix pleasure with violence? This is the time and place when cities are taken over by young men in search of alcohol, drugs, another club or a fight. Current public policy has patently failed to keep on top of the new trends in both consumption and destruction which make urban centres simultaneously seductive and dangerous. Violent Night uses powerful insider accounts to uncover the underlying causes and meanings of violence. Interviews with the police, the perpetrators and the victims of violence reveal the complex emotions that surround both the perpetration and resolution of crime. Violent Night shows that a new approach is needed to successfully rehabilitate a culture struggling and failing to deal with nihilism and escalating hostility.

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Simon Winlow is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teeside. Steve Hall is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University.

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