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Noxious neighbours? interrogating the impacts of sex premises in residential areas

Hubbard, Philip, Boydell, Spike, Crofts, Penny, Prior, Jason, Searle, Glen (2013) Noxious neighbours? interrogating the impacts of sex premises in residential areas. Environment and Planning A, 45 (1). pp. 126-141. ISSN 0308-518X. (doi:10.1068/a4574) (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) (KAR id:36656)

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Abstract

Premises associated with commercial sex-including brothels, striptease clubs, sex cinemas, and sex shops-have increasingly been accepted as legitimate land uses, albeit ones whose location needs to be controlled because of assumed 'negative externalities'. However, the planning and licensing regulations excluding such premises from areas of residential land use are often predicated on assumptions of nuisance that have not been empirically substantiated. Accordingly, this paper reports on a survey of those living close to sex industry premises in New South Wales, Australia. The results suggest that although some residents have strong moral objections to sex premises, in general residents note few negative impacts on local amenity or quality of life, with distance from a premise being a poor predictor of residents' experiences of nuisance. These f ndings are considered in relation to the literatures on sexuality and space given regulation which ultimately appears to reproduce heteronormative moralities rather than respond to genuine environmental nuisances.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1068/a4574
Uncontrolled keywords: Brothels, Heteronormativity, Morality, Neighbourhood, Planning, Sydney, morality, neighborhood, prostitution, regulatory framework, residential location, sexuality, urban society, Australia, New South Wales
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 10:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36656 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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