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This, as one tourist shop owner in the back streets of San Antonio said, pretty much placed the island’s economy under more pressure during the summer months to make money to keep it ticking over. Eduardo, who owns a small tourist business, commented: Eduardo: The problem is we only promote party, drinking and nightlife. The politicians are guilty of this because we have not found another way to market our island. Some years ago, we used to have flights during the winter; a mix of retired Spanish, Germans and some British but they don’t come any more because there is no money in it.

It was this ‘inside experience’ which allowed me to document aspects of the holiday and its hype (Chapter 5), constructions of the holiday (Chapter 6), image and identity (Chapter 7) against exposure to the commercial and commodified pressures of the San Antonio landscape (Chapters 4 and 8). Taken together, this gave a detailed and nuanced picture of how moments of deviance and risk-taking evolved in the social context (Chapter 9) but also why so many British youth consider it so important to come back to the same place to do the same thing, year after year (Chapters 10 and 12).

There is a real feeling of defeatism among these people, a feeling of political abandonment. At the laundrette Walking out of the hotel and bearing immediately left, one finds the local laundrette; a curious place piled high with old washing machines and with a suspicious circuit of cables running like snakes across the floor. I talk first to the one [member of staff] on the counter and explain the nature of my research. Most of the business they receive from the Brits is through the Club 18-30 hotel Casita Blanca just down the road; the clothes coming ripped, and stained with vomit, blood, piss, shit and various other bodily fluids.

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