ACSPRI Conferences, RC33 Eighth International Conference on Social Science Methodology

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A critical ethnography of the regulation of young adults and alcohol-related crime and the changing night-time leisure economy

Deirdre Howard-Wagner

Building: Law Building
Room: Breakout 3 - Law Building, Room 104
Date: 2012-07-12 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2011-12-22


With the closure of BHP Steelworks in 1999 after more than 80 years of operation, the 21st Century dawned as a new era for Australia’s second oldest city. The millennium marked Newcastle’s new life as a post-industrial city and with this a growing night-time leisure economy. Newcastle’s rising night-time leisure economy has also seen public spaces in Newcastle’s city centre emerge as crime hotspots in which alcohol-related public disorder, assault and malicious damage have been on the rise. This paper reflects on using critical ethnography as a method, as well as the findings of a critical ethnography of the regulation of alcohol-related crime and the effects on night-time leisure economy in inner Newcastle.