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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (30 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199288003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199288007
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dick Hobbs was born in Plaistow, East London. On leaving school he worked as an office boy, labourer, dustman and roadsweeper. After studying at night-school he worked as a school-teacher in London schools before attending the London School of Economics and the University of Surrey as a mature student. He then worked at the University of Oxford, the Polytechnic of Central London, and the University of Durham where he held Chairs in the Sociology and Law departments, before returning to the London School of Economics in 2005. He joined the Sociology Department at the University of Essex in 2011, where he is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Essex Centre of Criminology. He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney.
Dick Hobbs was awarded the Abrams Prize in 1989, the Radzinowicz Prize (with Hadfield, Lister and Winlow) in 2001, and in 2006 along with his friend Joe Baden, the Changing Lives award by the University and Colleges Union.
He is a board member of Open Book, and a patron of MIDAS.
He is a sociologist and ethnographer with a sentimental attachment to West Ham United (when they wore cotton shirts with no logos), and to the industrial working class.
He lives in London with his family.

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Hobbs is without doubt Britain's most insightful and penetrating criminological ethnographer, and he uses his skill to provide an extremely useful service...my advice to all interested academics and students is to get a copy, read it, and keep it as a principal guide book to take with you on your theoretical excursions into the subject of professional crime. (International Journal of Sociology and Law)

His book contains the thrills of voyeuristic participation in a world of almost untramelled opportunities for hedonistic pleasure, with the frisson of realisation that burgalries and robberies are the price we pay as victims. This book conveys a fascinating if disturbing sense of the complex, messy lives of those in the bad business. (Times Literary Supplement)

Dick Hobbs has succeeded at every level...this is a very good book. It is written with confidence and gusto, in a way which makes the subjects ... come to life. (New Law Journal)

Dick Hobb's research has always traversed the large distance between the criminal and the criminologist and his writing the even larger gap between the novelist and the academic. This has meant that his books are as full of characters as facts and of wry comment as dry analysis and Bouncers is no exception. (The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice)

... a comprehensive account of bouncers: their occupational culture, their role in the alcohol fuelled expanding night-time economy and the failure of all strata of regulation to contain the violence which is endemic within it. (The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice)

... may be read and enjoyed at a variety of levels ... may also be read with profit by those interested in richly-woven descriptions of the life of doormen, their adventures, their sense of chivalry and of 'rough justice', and the legal and extra-legal codes that govern their conduct ... a serious social study that charms and enthrals. (Law Society Journal)

... a pioneering and exciting study that opens up for police researchers, criminologists, urban ethnographers and sociologists a fascinating look into the night-time economy... (Theoretical Criminology)

About the Author

Dick Hobbs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Durham. He has published widely on various aspects of criminal cultures, policing, research methods, professional and organised crime, and the night-time economy. He has published edited collections of papers on ethnographic research, and professional crime, and his two single authored books (both published with OUP) are Doing the Business (1988) which won the Abrams Prize, and Bad Business (1995). He was, with Steve Hall, the co-grant holder for the ESRC "Bouncers" project

Philip Hadfield is currently an ESRC funded postgraduate student at the University of Durham. He recently graduated from the Universities of Keele and Cambridge, has published widely on regulatory and licensing aspects of the night-time economy and works part time as a DJ.

Stuart Lister is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the Home office Alcohol and Crime Steering Group, and has published on various aspects of the night-time economy with particular reference to policing, regulation, and training.

Simon Winlow is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teesside. He gained his Ph.D. from Durham University in 1999 and has published on crime, masculinities, research methods and various aspects of the night-time economy. His first book, Badfellas,(Berg 2001)an ethnography based upon his Ph.D

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on 18 April 2012
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This book has been helpful for my dissertation and quite an interesting read (from the chapters I've picked at for my literature review). its a good, informative and academic (for those studying) book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Oliver W. Davies on 17 Jan 2013
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Excellent book for yielding a greater understanding of issues surrounding those who work in this night-time economy. Be advised though that the text is now a printed-on-demand product and it looks like it! Cheaply put together and inadequately bound (no spine stitching) one is actually paying far too high a price for this paperback. Buy a s/h copy in hardback elsewhere if you can find it.
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