Conquering the Anonymous City: The Anonymity of Urban Nightlife
Riccobono, Jonathan A.
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Anonymity is the process of living, or being involved, in an area where an individual is a stranger among strangers (Lieberg1995, 731). This project looks at the anonymity of urban nightlife within public spaces such as bars, nightclubs, restaurants and coffee shops. The paper first looks at public spaces by looking at their importance and meaning for different individuals. This first part also discovers a recent decline in successful public spaces and various consequences behind this change. By specifically looking at college students and young professionals, the project covers many interactions and encounters that arise while carousing through streets at night. The project investigates perceived interactions and multiple social benefits that arise during our participation in nightlife. By taking into account the anonymity that is employed at night, the project uncovers answers to why many of us seek to become involved in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, taverns and the like. Lastly, the project also looks at how anonymity culturally and socially constructs the city.
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