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Gendered Violence at International Festivals

An Interdisciplinary Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Louise Platt, Rebecca Finkel


216 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Gendered Violence at International Festivals is a ground-breaking collection that focuses on this highly important social issue for the first time. Including a diverse range of interdisciplinary studies on the issue, the book contests the widely-held notion that festivals are temporal spaces free from structural sexism, inequalities, or gender power dynamics. Rather, they are spaces where these concerns are enhanced and enacted more freely, and where the experiential environment is used as an excuse or as an opportunity to victim-blame and shame.

As an emerging and under-researched area, the chapters not only present original work in terms of topics, but also in theoretical and methodological approaches. All of the chapters are cross- or interdisciplinary, drawing on gender, sexualities, cultural and ethnicity studies. Studies from a range of highly regarded academics based around the world examine the subject by looking at examples from a wide range of destinations including; Spain, Argentina, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada and the UK. This significant book progresses understanding and debates about gendered festival experiences and emphasises the symbolic and physical violence often associated with them.

This will be of great interest to, undergraduate and postgraduate students and academics in the field of Events Studies. It will also be of use to practitioners or non-for-profit workers in the festival industries, including festival management organisations and planning committees.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Gendered violence at international festivals: An interdisciplinary perspective

Louise Platt & Rebecca Finkel

Chapter 2. Analysis of the response of the feminist movement and institutional feminism to gender violence in local festivals in northern Spain: The case of the Basque Country

María Silvestre, Raquel Royo, Estibaliz Linares

Chapter 3. Fiestas, public space, and rape culture: A study of the "Wolf Pack" case

Anna Morero Beltrán & Clara Camps Calvet

Chapter 4. Sexual violence in Nigerian MusiCultural Festivals: Narratives of the unheard victims

Richard A. Aborisade

Chapter 5. Between patriarchy and capitalism: The gendered violence of Intwasa International Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Khanyile Mlotshwa

Chapter 6. Gender, transgression, and sexual violence at Australian Music Festivals

Bianca Fileborn, Phillip Wadds, Stephen Tomsen

Chapter 7. Conceptualising safety and crime at UK music festivals: A gendered analysis

Hannah Bows, Hannah King, Fiona Measham

Chapter 8. Gender-based violence amongst music festival employees

Cassandra Jones

Chapter 9. Structural disputes: An analysis of infrastructural inequalities in the case study of the Women of the World Festival in Hull (UK) City of Culture 2017

Barbara Grabher

Chapter 10. The Green Wave! Resistance in festivals as part of the women empowerment process in Argentina

Valeria Vegh Weis & Lucia Montenegro

Chapter 11. The polite cowboy or the wild, wild west: Strategic approaches to reducing gender-based rodeo violence through grassroots civic mobilisation

Mylynn Felt & Maria Bakardjieva

About the Editors

Louise Platt is a Senior Lecturer in Festival and Events Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Rebecca Finkel is Reader in Events Management at Queen Margaret University and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Event Studies Research Series.

This new Routledge research series focuses on critical perspectives in festivals and events incorporating current theoretical and methodological developments and exploring under-explored areas in events research which draw from multiple literatures and praxis. International in perspective, it will adopt cross-disciplinary approaches with wide-ranging social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental implications. The festivals and events themselves will not be the sole units of analysis; rather, the broader context within which festivals and events gain significance will be the focal point of books within this series. In adopting a critical stance, we take our starting point the idea that events intervene in social structures and, in so doing, they expose the diverse contested discourses and frames of reference being articulated by the actors and institutions involved.

We invite expressions of interest from established academics as well as early career scholars for monographs and international edited collections. The research series will provide a forum for the publication of the freshest and most compelling critical perspectives on events. The series editors have identified some broad areas of interest based on potential gaps in the literature; however, they are open for discussion on developing ideas.

Conceptualisations of festivals and events, including:

  • Post-humanism in festivals and events contexts
  • Feminist approaches in festivals and events research
  • Spatial arrangements for festivals and events
  • Events, performance and performativity in festivals and events
  • Decolonising festivals and events research

Methodological approaches in festivals and events, including:

  • Ethnographies of festivals and events
  • Participatory methods in festivals and events
  • Visual and creative methods in festivals and events
  • Big data in festivals and events

Thematic analyses in festivals and events, including:

  • Inequalities in festivals and events
  • Affordances of the digital in festivals and events

  • Violence (physical and symbolic) in festivals and events
  • Mediatisation in festivals and events

If you have a book idea for the series, please contact:

Dr Rebecca Finkel, ([email protected])

Prof. David McGillivray, ([email protected])

Emma Travis, Senior Editor for Tourism and Events at Routledge ([email protected])




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  1. Detailed Synopsis and Chapter Headings - including detailed contents list and details of geographic range of content, case studies and illustrations (where relevant).
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Please forward your proposal to:

Series Editors:

Dr Rebecca Finkel, Queen Margaret University ([email protected])

Prof. David McGillivray, University West of Scotland ([email protected])

Events and Tourism Senior Editor Routledge:

Emma Travis - [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism