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Legal geographies-controlling sexually oriented businesses: law, licensing, and the geographies of a controversial land use

Hubbard, P. and Matthews, R. and Scoular, J. (2009) Legal geographies-controlling sexually oriented businesses: law, licensing, and the geographies of a controversial land use. Urban Geography, 30 (2). pp. 185-205. ISSN 0272-3638

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Abstract

In this article, we explore both a neglected geography (the location of sexually oriented business) and a neglected instrument of sociospatial control (premises licensing). Arguing the former is increasingly shaped by the latter, we suggest that licensing provides a flexible means by which the state is able to reconcile the growing demand for "adult entertainment" with concerns about community standards, urban aesthetics, public safety, and property prices. We demonstrate this through an examination of the role of UK licensing legislation in controlling the location and visibility of such controversial businesses in London's West End. It is demonstrated that, in this case, licensing has encouraged the "upscaling" of sex-related businesses while reducing their overall number and visibility. We conclude that licensing, as a means of controlling contentious urban land uses, constitutes a "field of governance" whose legal geographies remain to be adequately theorized and explored.

Item type: Article
ID code: 19930
Keywords: sexuality, legal geography licensing, sex-related business, Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects: Law > Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Hunter Centre For Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:37
    Last modified: 06 Dec 2013 22:26
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/19930

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