Methods of entering where access is restricted

Anna McLauchlan, Allyson F. Noble

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    Where social occasions, in the context of nightclubs and music venues, are bounded, the space of the entrance is accomplished via regulation of attendees by workers. This regulation ensures: the venue stays within capacity; people have been invited or (if required) pay the fee; entry to ‘undesirables,’ such as drunks, is prohibited. This paper draws from experience of attending social occasions and being a doorperson to categorise and examine methods of entering where access is restricted. Often methods require attendees to engage in visible dialogue with the doorperson; where methods are invisible, attendees can circumvent access restrictions whilst a semblance of order is maintained.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages20
    JournalHuman Studies
    Early online date20 Sep 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Sep 2019


    • ethnomethodology
    • methods
    • entering
    • social occasion
    • locally produced authority
    • door


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