The disneyfication of the neoliberal urban night

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The recently expansion and commodification of youth-oriented and tourist-oriented nightlife in Lisbon may be seen as a strategy of a socially and morally sanititation of the urban nightscape of the city center, marginalizing everyone who is seen as inappropriate, or in other words, socially perilous to the city
branding of Lisbon. By focusing on the old historical neighborhood of Bairro Alto in Lisbon (Portugal) and based on a five-year ethnographic fieldwork, this paper explores the Disneyfication of the neoliberal urban night in this central quarter of the city. After a short presentation on the quarter, the text below
will show that suc a Disneyficated urban night is featured by simulated joy, happiness and exultation, high level of alcohol and drugs consumption, race, gender and class inequalities, liminality and labor exploitation, hypersecurization of public space and social, moral and political control, and, finally, and heteronormativity and patriarchalism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeep it Simple Make it Fast!
Subtitle of host publicationAn approach to underground music scenes
EditorsP. Guerra, T. Moreira
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-989-8648-88-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Nightlife
  • Disnyefication
  • Neoliberal city
  • Lisbon


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