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Bouncers, policing and the (in)visibility of ethnicity in Danish nightlife governance

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This article explores the reproduction of ethnified urban spaces and inequalities in an ostensibly cosmopolitan city. It does so by means of a case study of bouncers’ policing practices in the nightlife of the Danish city, Aarhus. In recent years, a substantial body of research has explored the regulatory practices of bouncers operating in the urban night-time economy. This article contributes to the study of nightlife policing by paying special attention to the ethnic gov-ernance of bouncers. More specifically, the article investigates how ethnicity is produced in bouncers’ administration of nightlife accessibility; how inclusion and exclusion are negotiated in encounters between bouncers and ethnic minority youth; and how bouncers struggle to avoid allegations of discrimination and to uphold notions of colorblind good gov-ernance, while ethnified notions of troublesome individuals continue to inform bouncers’ production of nightlife safety.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Inclusion
Pages (from-to)40-51
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Research areas

  • Bouncers, Ethnicity, Urban Governance, Exclusion

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