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
Section 1: Conceptualising Events
Section 2: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Events: Concepts and Methods of Analysis
Section 3: Business, Operational and Strategic Issues Associated with Events
Section 4: The Critical Turn in Events: Contemporary Issues, Society and Events