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Nightlife activity is an integral part of many young people's consumption lives. With a significant proportion of urban-livers composed of young adults, many cities around the world are reasserting themselves to meet their consumption and entertainment needs. Motivations for engaging in nightlife activity have also changed. This chapter provides a context for understanding youth cultural identities and lifestyles in the night-time economy. While it is essential to see consumption as a symbolically meaningful and active relationship through which experiences, identities and feelings are created and young people as active 'reflexive' participants in nightlife, our approach also stresses how the production and regulation of nightlife provision actively creates 'leisure divisions' within the youth population. Consuming youth: from the 'affluent' teenager to subcultural analysis. In essence, it is the fluidity of the mainstream, and its constant trend towards gentrification and stylisation, which drives the system forward in a constant search for new consumption experiences.