1st Edition

Family Events Practices, Displays and Intimacies

Edited By Thomas Fletcher Copyright 2022
    272 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An unprecedented exploration of the intersection of events and family studies, Family Events uses events as a lens through which to explore the concepts of families, family practices, family displays and family intimacies.

    Family Events explores the idea that how families come to be and, moreover, come to be defined as ‘families’ relies on events: whether that be via ‘family events’ – those which serve to celebrate being part of ‘my’ family – (e.g., birthdays, weddings, funerals), ‘events experienced as a family’ (e.g., a holiday or day trip) or ‘events which impact families’ (e.g., recession, war, global health emergency). Family Events brings together contributions from the social sciences, leisure and event studies which focus on a variety of different event contexts, including the life cycle, death and illness, sport, holidays, and community and religious festivals.

    Family Events offers a multitude of insightful perspectives on the intersection of events and family studies, and is a valuable resource for academics and students with a research interest in events, leisure and the family.

    Introducing Family Events: Practices, Displays and Intimacies

    Thomas Fletcher

    Section 1: Family Events, Display and Identity

    1. Community Events as a Context for Displaying Family Practices and Identity

    Charlene S. Shannon

    2. Pinterest Perfect Picture: The Relationship Between Family Events and Social Media

    Iryna Sharaievska and Mona Mirehie

    3. Appraising Parkrun as a Family Event

    James Bowness, John McKendrick and Emmanuelle Tulle

    Section 2: Family Events, Memories and Memory Making

    4. Memories of Family Events and their Resonance in a Lancashire Park Space

    Alex McDonagh

    5. Local Event, Family and Music: The Rootedness of Cultural Heritage

    Ana Gonçalves

    6. Local Community Events as ‘Balance Leisure Activities’: Creating and Enhancing Family Well-Being

    Raphaela Stadler and Allan Jepson

    Section 3: Family Events, Culture, Religion and Heritage

    7. Religious Events: Celebrating Eid-al-Fitr as a Family

    Jaffer Idris, Charlotte Rowley and M. Jabar Yaqub

    8. Faith, Family and Tradition: Fifty Plus Years of the Annual Cochran Go-Around

    Brenda P. Wiggins, George O. Sappenfield and Alan Harris

    9. Family Events as Sites for Racism and Anti-Racism

    Jacqueline K. Nelson

    Section 4: Family Events and the Life Course

    10. Life Course Events as a Tool to Make Sociology Relevant to Everyday Life

    A. L. Sinikka Dixon

    11. "I’m a Widow, Not a Sports Widow. Negotiating Families, Grief and Loss Through Sports Charity Events

    Catherine Palmer

    Section 5: Family Events and Extended Families

    12. Grandleisure Events: Grandparents and Grandchildren Spending Special Time Together

    Heike Schänzel

    13. Family Life and Celtic Football Club: A Site of Connection

    Joseph. M Bradley

    14. Agricultural Shows, Connectivity and Families of Choice

    Caroline Westwood and Carolyn Gibbeson

    15. Childhood Cancer as a Family Event and the Professional Surrogate Family

    Emma Holland


    Thomas Fletcher is a Reader in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University. His primary research interests are in equality and diversity, social justice and families within the contexts of sport, leisure and events. He is the author of Negotiating Fatherhood: Sport and Family Practices. Tom was Chair of the Leisure Studies Association between 2017 and 2021.