Lad culture as a sticky atmosphere: navigating sexism and misogyny in the UK's student-centred nighttime economy

Silvia Diaz Fernandez, Adrienne Evans

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Abstract

‘Lad culture’ has become a popular term for making sense of sexism, misogyny and sexual harassment in Higher Education in the UK. However, a gap exists in understanding student negotiations of the nighttime economy, and how spatial elements shape the affective dimensions of lad culture experiences. In this article, we offer the concept of ‘sticky atmospheres’, a combination of Sara Ahmed’s ‘sticky affects’ and Ben Anderson’s ‘affective atmospheres’. We demonstrate the usefulness of ‘sticky atmospheres’ by analysing data produced in co-operative inquiry-inspired discussions with a Student Union ‘Gender Society’. In doing so, we offer an understanding of the student-centred nighttime economy through participants’ accounts of proximity to the sticky object, described as a pervasive atmosphere. However, we also explore the potential for atmospheric change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
Number of pages21
JournalGender, Place, and Culture
Volume(In-Press)
Early online date15 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jul 2019

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Keywords

  • Affect
  • lad culture
  • nighttime economy
  • sexism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Lad culture as a sticky atmosphere : navigating sexism and misogyny in the UK's student-centred nighttime economy. / Diaz Fernandez, Silvia; Evans, Adrienne.

In: Gender, Place, and Culture, Vol. (In-Press), 15.07.2019, p. (In-Press).

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