|Author(s)||Anna McLauchlan, Allyson F. Noble|
|Title||Methods of Entering Where Access is Restricted|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Ethnomethodology, Methods, Entering, Social occasion, Locally produced authority, Door|
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.