Bouncers: the deterrents or creators of crime?: a study into the contemporary working culture of nightclub door supervisors

King, Lucinda (2016) Bouncers: the deterrents or creators of crime?: a study into the contemporary working culture of nightclub door supervisors. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation presents the findings of an investigation into the contemporary working culture of nightclub door supervisors following the establishment of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in 2001. The main change the SIA has brought about is the introduction of compulsory training leading to a license badge for all door supervisor staff. The research seeks to challenge the stereotypical image of the door supervising sector, which stresses an over-representation of hyper-masculine, aggressive individuals. To provide evidence, a series of semi-structured interviews were held with a sample of ten currently employed nightclub door supervisors in Hampshire and East Sussex. Data collected were transcribed and later analysed using thematic analysis in order to identify reoccurring themes within the prevalent working culture. The research findings reflect much of the literature available prior to SIA licensing, and highlight the continuation of core aspects of their employment culture, such as team working. In addition, new and emerging themes are identified which suggest a reformation of the door supervisor's role and duties. The governing body of the SIA has plausibly contributed significantly to this change and has succeeded to an extent in creating a more professionalised private security sector. Finally, this research addresses areas that continue to seek improvement such as the recruitment of door supervisors and the continuation of violence faced by door staff during the night-time economy. Overall, this research aims to present the reader with a, useful insight into the evolution of the bouncer, by identifying the shared values and norms that their current working culture reflects.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 15:46
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 15:46
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22422

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