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The Routledge Handbook of Events

2nd Edition

Edited by Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell


648 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Events explores and critically evaluates the debates and controversies associated with the rapidly expanding domain of Event Studies. It brings together leading specialists from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, to provide state-of-the-art review on the evolution of the subject. The first edition was a landmark study which examined how event research had evolved and developed from a range of different social science subject areas and disciplines. The Handbook was the first critique of the extent to which the subject had developed into a major area of social science inquiry.

This second edition has been fully updated to reflect crucial developments in the field and includes brand new sections on ever-important aspects of Event Studies such as; anthropology, hospitality, seasonality, knowledge management, accessibility, diversity and human rights, as well as new studies on ‘the eventful city’ and the benefits of events in older life. The book is divided in to four inter-related sections. Section one introduces and evaluates the concept of events. Section two critically reviews the relationship between events and other disciplines such as the contribution of Economics, Psychology and Geography to the critical discourse of Event Studies. Section three focuses on the business, operational and strategic management of events, while the final section crucially focuses on critical events as a new paradigm within the burgeoning literature on Events.

It offers the reader a comprehensive and critical synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking associated with events research, edited by two of the leading scholars in the field. The text will provide an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in Events Studies, encouraging dialogue that will span across disciplinary boundaries and other areas of study. It is an essential guide for anyone interested in Events research.


'The second edition of Page and Connell’s Handbook of Events brings together leading researchers to extend perspectives in this burgeoning area of study. New chapters include notable critiques of under-represented aspects of event studies including diversity, inclusion and human rights. A valuable update for event studies students and researchers.'

Professor Karen A. Smith, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'The list of contributors to this Handbook reads like a Who's Who of event scholarship. Events are analysed from multiple perspectives and this new edition contains several new chapters which highlight the advances made in critical events studies. This is an impressively comprehensive text that does justice to a very diverse and rapidly expanding field.'

Dr. Andrew Smith, School of Architecture & Cities, University of Westminster, UK

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction – J. Connell and S.J. Page
  2. Section 1: Conceptualising Events

  3. Event Studies – D. Getz
  4. Public Events, Personal Leisure - D. O’Sullivan
  5. Events and Tourism – W. Frost and J. Laing
  6. Events and Hospitality – R. Wood
  7. Sports Events: Typologies, People and Place – S. Gammon
  8. Section 2: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Events: Concepts and Methods of Analysis

  9. The History of Events: ideology, Representation and Historiography – J.R. Gold and M. Gold.
  10. Anthropology of Events: Diasporic Perspectives, Events and the Representation of People - A. Booth
  11. Socio-Cultural Impacts of Events: Meanings, Authorised Transgression and Social Capital – R. Sharpley and P.R. Stone.
  12. The Economic Contribution of Special Events – L. Dwyer and L. Jago
  13. A Spatial Extension to a Framework for Assessing Direct Economic Impacts of Tourist Events – T. Tyrell and R. Johnston.
  14. Geography and the Study of Events – C.M. Hall and S.J. Page
  15. Revisiting the Psychology of Events – P. Benckendorf and P. Pearce
  16. The Political Analysis and Political Economy of Events – C.M. Hall
  17. Urban studies and the Eventful City – G. Richards
  18. Events Management Education – P. Barron and A. Leask
  19. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Tools in Events – R. Shipway, L. Jago and M. Deery
  20. Section 3: Business, Operational and Strategic Issues Associated with Events

  21. The Private Sector and Events – R. Stokes
  22. Event Staging – N. Ferdinand and N. Williams
  23. The Experience of Events – C. Ryan
  24. Designing Event Experiences – G. Berridge
  25. The Media, Marketing and Events: A New Reality – I. Reic.
  26. Seasonality and Events – J. Connell and S. J. Page
  27. Staffing for Successful Events: Having the Right Skills in the Right Place at the Right Time – L. Lockstone–Binney, C. Hanlon and L. Jago
  28. Knowledge Management in Events – D. Clayton
  29. Event Impacts and Environmental Sustainability – K. Holmes and J. Mair
  30. Section 4: The Critical Turn in Events: Contemporary Issues, Society and Events

  31. Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion in Events – R. Finkel and K. Dashper
  32. Disability and Events – A. Oluwaseyi, D. McGillivray, G. McPherson and L. Misener
  33. Human Rights, Events and the Media: A Neglected Relationship – S. Snell
  34. The Benefits of Events in Older Life – R. Stadler, A.Jepson and E. Wood
  35. Faces, Spaces and Places: Social and Cultural Impacts of Street Festivals in Cosmopolitan Cities -S. Shaw
  36. Events, Cities and the Night Time Economy – G. Evans
  37. Retrospect and Prospect – J. Connell and S.J. Page.

About the Editors

Stephen J Page is Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Business and Management, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Joanne Connell is Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, University of Exeter Business School, Exeter, UK

Subject Categories

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