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Rythms of the night: spatiotemporal inequalities in the night-time economy

By T. Schwanen, I. van Aalst, J. Brands and T. Timan


The authors seek to extend the literature on inequalities and exclusion in the\ud nighttime economy through a rhythmic analysis of visitor presence in public space\ud in nightlife districts in the city centres of the Dutch cities of Groningen, Utrecht, and\ud Rotterdam. Substantial inequalities in visitor presence, based on race/ethnicity and gender,\ud are demonstrated. In the cities considered, racial/ethnic inequalities vary more in spatial\ud terms, and gender inequalities fl uctuate more heavily over the course of the night. Overall,\ud however, the fi ndings support the argument that exclusion from the nighttime economy\ud needs to be understood in temporal–ecological terms. Multiple drivers, or pacemakers,\ud of rhythmic inequalities rooted in race/ethnicity and gender are identifi ed, including\ud opening hours and revellers’ collective habits. For advocates of greater diversity among\ud nighttime-economy participants, the analysis suggests that neither a more varied supply\ud of nightlife premises, nor more surveillance and policing, are straightforward solutions:\ud a strong orientation of premises toward university students and urban professionals may\ud promote gender-based inclusion, but deters nonwhite revellers, and more police on the\ud street may empower women to move through a nightlife district unaccompanied yet reduce\ud the inclination to do so among racial/ethnic minorities

Topics: Sociale Geografie & Planologie, Sociale Geografie & Planologie, Sociale Geografie & Planologie, nighttime economy, exclusion, rhythm, gender, ethnicity, Netherlands
Year: 2012
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