Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy

Unwanted Sexual Attention in Pubs and Clubs

  • Bianca¬†Fileborn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Bianca Fileborn
    Pages 73-119
  3. Bianca Fileborn
    Pages 121-168
  4. Bianca Fileborn
    Pages 169-199
  5. Bianca Fileborn
    Pages 201-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-249

About this book


This book explores young adults' experiences and understandings of sexualised violence within licensed venues. Although anecdotally common, unwanted sexual attention in pubs and clubs has been the focus of relatively little criminological analysis. This text provides the first exploration of how and why unwanted sexual attention occurs in licensed venues. Using wide-ranging research from over two hundred participants, Fileborn argues that what 'counts' as unwanted sexual attention is highly context-dependent and situated within a complex assemblage of a venue's culture, environment, and community. 

Dealing with issues such as the roles gender, sexuality, space, and social belonging play in shaping young adults' experiences, this book recounts how young people make sense of unwanted sexual attention within a culturally complex, alcohol-fuelled, and sexually-charged environment. A thorough and thought-provoking text, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of criminology, sociology, and political science.


Licensed venues Safety Sexual violence Sexual offending Alcohol Drugs LGBTIQ Young people Gender Sexuality Sexual consent Sexual ethics Culture Community Crime prevention Environmental design Space Assemblage Criminology

Authors and affiliations

  • Bianca¬†Fileborn
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe University, Australia MelbourneAustralia

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