Conflict between residents and tourists in cities such as Berlin (Novy and Colomb, 2017), Amsterdam (Pinkster and Boterman, 2017) and Barcelona (Nofre et al, 2017) have recently attracted significant academic and media coverage. While such conflicts have long been addressed by urban tourism research, a significant feature of recent disputes has been the presence of a vibrant night-time economy. As well as being associated with alcohol and drug misuse, noise and anti-social behaviour, tourism in night-life areas has more recently been linked to gentrification and the further commodification of urban centres, especially working-class districts. This relationship between gentrification, nightlife and tourism has been clearly established in some specific case study areas (Fuller and Michel, 2014; Nofre and Eldridge, forthcoming), however, the exact nature of that relationship and how it is articulated in different local contexts remains relatively unclear. For example, while gentrification and tourism have been framed as a threat to nightlife in some destinations, there is corresponding evidence that touristic nightlife can challenge gentrification and commercialisation in others. This special issue will expand existing critical work on tourism and the night by focusing on questions such as:
1. How is nightlife related tourism linked to processes of gentrification and commercialisation?
2. How is the city consumed by tourists at night, and what are the implications of emerging forms of night tourism for local citizens and night workers?
3. How does tourism at night disrupt established notions of ‘the night’, ‘nightlife’ and ‘tourism’?
Tourism at night entails a broad range of practices that take place in a range of sites across urban spaces: clubbing and alco-tourism (Bell, 2007), hen and stag parties (Eldridge, 2009; Thurnell-Read, 2011) and sex-tourism (Hubbard and Whowell, 2008), but also illuminations (Edensor, 2012), night events (Evans, 2012) and night markets (Hsieh and Chang, 2006). Therefore, alongside addressing some of the issues associated with hedonistic nightlife, this volume also aims to explore other forms of cultural consumption that are emerging as significant nocturnal activities. These are often regarded as ways of ‘reclaiming the night’ that are pushed by policy makers seeking to expand the night time economy and diversify the uses/users of the city after dark. The urban night has traditionally been understood as a time-space in which transgression and other transformations can occur and consuming the city at night may provide liberating experiences that subvert official conceptions of city destinations. However, the introduction and /or promotion of night events and other nocturnal attractions can also be understood as ways that the night is increasingly commodified, thus eroding its liminal qualities.
How to submit your abstract
Authors wishing to publish papers in this special issue should send an abstract of 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 16th 2018. Notifications will be sent by the end of February 2018, and those authors whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit full papers of approximately 6,000 words (excluding abstracts) by April 30th 2018.
More information on Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, including Instructions for Authors can be found here.