Strangers in the Night: Nightlife Studies and New Urban Tourism

Eldridge, A. 2019. Strangers in the Night: Nightlife Studies and New Urban Tourism . Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. doi:10.1080/19407963.2019.1583666

TitleStrangers in the Night: Nightlife Studies and New Urban Tourism
TypeJournal article
AuthorsEldridge, A.
Abstract

This paper draws together recent scholarship from the study of urban tourism and nightlife. Though studies of urban tourism do not always specifically address nightlife, and likewise studies of the night and nightlife do not always examine tourism, both bodies of research overlap in important ways. Concerns about commercialisation, gentrification, displacement, and urban change are to be found in both bodies of research. However, while the study of urban tourism typically recognises the erasure of the host / guest binary and seeks to destabilise the notion of who is a tourist or stranger, studies of nightlife often rest on a much clearer distinction between who belongs and who does not. An argument proposed here is that while the host / guest, tourist / non-tourist binary is perhaps reconfiguring, the night and nightlife spaces reinstate these binaries in various ways. This paper thinks through debates about tourists and residents in the night, focusing in particular on questions of belonging, place identification and gentrification through night-time uses.

Keywordsurban tourism; night-time economy; mobility
JournalJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
ISSN1940-7963
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/19407963.2019.1583666

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