Criminal Activity Among Young Adults in the Club Scene
Department of Justice and Human Services
Law Enforcement Executive Forum
The modern all-night dance club culture has its most recent roots in the adolescent rave and gay male circuit party subcultures that emerged in the late 1980s, with more distant connections to the earlier New York nightclub scene epitomized by Studio 54 (Fritz, 1999; Kurtz, Inciardi, Surratt, & Cottler, 2005; Silcott, 1999; Thornton, 1996). This type of night life is found in almost every large city but is especially prevalent in major tourist destinations where people tend to be looking for an escape from their routines. This concept is represented in such slogans as “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas® .” Miami, historically a major tourist destination and since the early 1970s a national center for cocaine importation, distribution, and use (Didion, 1987; Portes & Stepick, 1993), is also a major player in the U.S. club culture.
Kurtz, S. P., Inciardi, J. A., & Pujals, E. (2009). Criminal Activity Among Young Adults in the Club Scene. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 9 (2), 47-59. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/269