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REGULATING NIGHTLIFE book
In February 2000, the doors opened to the exclusive Rock Club on London's Victoria Embankment. In the same year, Fred Braugthon, chair of the Police Federation in the UK, commented that there was a 'sense of disorder and anarchy' in many city centres due to drunken, yobbish and often violent behaviour of many weekend revellers. However, shifts to a more governance-style approach can also be seen to reflect wider restructuring of state, capital and consumer practices. Regulating urban nightlife: history and context The regulation of nightlife is far from straightforward. The notion of instrumental rationality and creation of the rational person is central in understanding the creation and regulation of mass consumption patterns. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, licensing magistrates were granted absolute powers to refuse or grant new licences for pubs, taverns and hostelries where there was deemed to be sufficient 'need', in order to control what was seen as the 'odious and loathsome sin of drunkenness'.