Sunday, January 13, 2008

Nightlife Regimentation and Unscripted Experimentation


The Star.com featured an interesting article today on the city and night life entitled "Longing For Nightlife's Feigned Danger."

'"...since so much of our social and work life has become regimented, a night on the town becomes one of the few spaces that allow personal expression or experimentation with our identities.
The problem is that urban nightlife has become just as regimented as any other part of our workaday lives," argues Grazian. The solution, then, is to ascribe risk where none exists, or "seek out unpredictability in highly scripted ways."'

David Grazian is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of the new book On The Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife.
Personally, I would have liked more analysis and less description. However, since not everyone experiences urban spaces the same way, it is helpful to read documented research from someone like Grazian.
An interesting piece overall. Read more here.
graph per star.com

4 comments:

Will said...

'The problem is that urban nightlife has become just as regimented as any other part of our workaday lives.....'

this is the perfect sentence to describe what i was thinking about last week. 'Oh man. Starbucks is like being at work. all my coworkers are there....'- I remember saying to someone on the phone while waiting for my soy latte.

dave said...

is this the guy who did a bok on the Boston scene????

dave said...

is this the guy who did a bok on the Boston scene????

Nicki said...

isn't free time supposed to exist outside the realm of 'regimentation/" just when are we supposed to unwind and switch off?
even batteries neeed recharging....