1st Edition

Gendered Violence at International Festivals An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Edited By Louise Platt, Rebecca Finkel Copyright 2020
    180 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gendered Violence at International Festivals is a groundbreaking collection that focusses 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.

    In this 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-profit workers in the festival industries, including festival management organisations and planning committees.

    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


    Louise Platt is 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.