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Legal Geographies - Controlling sexually oriented businesses: Law, Licensing, and the geographies of a controversial land use

Hubbard, Philip, Matthews, Roger A., Scoular, Jane (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. (doi:10.2747/0272-3638.30.2.185) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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. Copyright © 2009 by Bellwether Publishing, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2747/0272-3638.30.2.185
Uncontrolled keywords: Legal geography licensing, Sex-related business, Sexuality, business, land use, legislation, sexuality, urban geography, England, Eurasia, Europe, London [England], United Kingdom, Western Europe
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 10:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36593 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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