Negotiating Femininities in the Neoliberal Night-Time Economy

Too Much of a Girl?

  • Emily Nicholls

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences book series (GSSS)

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This book explores the ways in which young women negotiate gendered and classed identities in nightlife venues. With a particular focus on the under-researched phenomenon of the ‘girls’ night out’, this text explores tensions around what it means to be ‘girly’ in bars, pubs and clubs, examining throughout the ways in which being a ‘girly girl’ is simultaneously desired and derided in a postfeminist context. Drawing on research conducted in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, this original and comprehensive book explores the value and meaning of the ‘girls’ night out’ for young women, and its instrumental role in the negotiation of friendships and femininities. Nicholls covers a range of themes, including alcohol consumption, dress, and risk management, providing engaging and timely insights into women’s leisure as a site for the negotiation of gendered identities.

Negotiating Femininities in the Neoliberal Night-Time Economy will be of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences with an interest in gender, class and the Night-Time Economy.


Night Time Economy post-feminism women alcohol consumption sociology gender cultural studies leisure social geography

Authors and affiliations

  • Emily Nicholls
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93307-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93308-5
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