2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Events

Edited By Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell Copyright 2020
    632 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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 a 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 into four inter-related sections. Section 1 introduces and evaluates the concept of events. Section 2 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 3 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.

    1 Introduction

    Joanne Connell and Stephen J. Page

    SECTION 1 Conceptualising events

    2 Event studies

    Donald Getz

    3 Public events, personal leisure?

    Diane O’Sullivan

    4 Events and tourism

    Warwick Frost and Jennifer Frost

    5 Events and hospitality

    Roy C. Wood

    6 Sports events: typologies, people and place

    Sean Gammon

    SECTION 2 Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to events: concepts and methods of analysis

    7 The history of events: ideology, representation and historiography

    John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold

    8 Anthropology of events: diasporic perspectives, events and the representation of people

    Alison Booth

    9 Socio-cultural impacts of events: meanings, authorized transgression, and social capital

    Richard Sharpley and Philip R. Stone

    10 The economic contribution of special events

    Larry Dwyer and Leo Jago

    11 A spatial extension to a framework for assessing direct economic impacts of tourist events

    Timothy J. Tyrrell and Robert J. Johnston

    12 Geography and the study of events

    C. Michael Hall and Stephen J. Page

    13 Revisiting the psychology of events

    Pierre Benckendorff and Philip L. Pearce

    14 The political analysis and political economy of events

    C. Michael Hall

    15 Urban studies and the eventful city

    Greg Richards

    16 Events management education

    Paul Barron and Anna Leask

    17 Quantitative and qualitative research tools in events

    Richard Shipway, Leo Jago and Marg Deery

    SECTION 3 Business, operational and strategic issues associated with events

    18 The private sector and events

    Robyn Stokes

    19 Event staging

    Nicole Ferdinand Nigel Williams

    20 The experience of events

    Chris Ryan

    21 Designing event experiences

    Graham Berridge

    22 The media, marketing and events: a new reality

    Ivna Reic

    23 Seasonality and events

    Joanne Connell and Stephen J. Page

    24 Staffing for successful events: having the right skills in the right place at the right time

    Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Clare Hanlon and Leo Jago

    25 Knowledge management in events

    Diana Clayton

    26 Event impacts and environmental sustainability

    Kirsten Holmes and Judith Mair

    SECTION 4 The critical turn in events: contemporary issues, society and events

    27 Accessibility, diversity and inclusion in events

    Rebecca Finkel and Katherine Dashper

    28 Disability and events

    Gayle McPherson, Aina Oluwaseyi, David McGillivray, and Laura Misener

    29 Human rights, events and the media: a neglected relationship

    Sarah Snell

    30 The benefits of events in older life

    Raphaela Stadler, Allan Jepson and Emma Wood

    31 Faces, spaces and places: social and cultural impacts of street festivals in cosmopolitan cities

    Stephen J. Shaw

    32 Events, cities and the night-time economy

    Graeme Evans

    33 Retrospect and prospect

    Stephen J. Page and Joanne Connell


    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

    "The second edition of Page and Connell’s The Routledge 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