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'Alive after five' : constructing the neoliberal night in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Shaw, Robert (2015) ''Alive after five' : constructing the neoliberal night in Newcastle upon Tyne.', Urban studies., 52 (3). pp. 456-470.


The development of the ‘night-time economy’ in the UK through the 1990s has been associated with neoliberal urban governance. Academics have, however, begun to question the use and the scope of the concept ‘neoliberalism’. In this paper, I identify two common approaches to studying neoliberalism, one exploring neoliberalism as a series of policy networks, the other exploring neoliberalism as the governance of subjectivities. I argue that to understand the urban night, we need to explore both these senses of ‘neoliberalism’. As a case study, I take the ‘Alive After Five’ project, organised by the Business Improvement District in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which sought to extend shopping hours in order to encourage more people to use the city at night. Drawing from Actor-Network-Theory, I explore the planning, the translation, and the practice of this new project. In doing so, I explore the on-going nature and influence of neoliberal policy on the urban night in the UK.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published online before print September 24, 2013.
Keywords:Geography, Neoliberalism, Night-time economy, Urban governance, Western Europe.
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