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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Events

ISBN 9781138832817
Published December 8, 2014 by Routledge
592 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Events explores and critically evaluates the debates and controversies associated with this rapidly expanding discipline. It brings together leading specialists from range of disciplinary backgrounds and geographical regions, to provide state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research on the evolution of the subject. It is the first major study to examine what events is as a discipline in the twenty-first century, its significance in contemporary society and growth as a mainstream subject area.

The book is divided in to five inter-related sections. Section one evaluates the evolution of events as a discipline and defines what events studies is. Section two critically reviews the relationship between events and other disciplines such as tourism and sport. Section three focuses on the management of events, section four evaluates the impacts of events from varying political, social and environmental perspectives and section five examines the future direction of growth in event-related education and research.

It offers the reader a comprehensive synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking and research. The text will provide an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in Events Studies, encouraging dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and areas of study.

Table of Contents

Foreword.  Preface  1. Introduction  Section 1: Defining Events Studies  2. Event Studies  3. Event Typologies  4. Towards an Interdisciplinary Events Research Agenda across Sport, Tourism, Leisure and Health  Section 2: Disciplinary Studies and Events: Theory, Concepts And Methods Of Analysis  5. Event Tourism  6. Public Events, Personal Leisure  7. Sports Events: Typologies, People and Place  8. The History of Events: Ideology and Historiography  9. The Economic Contribution of Special Events  10. The Geography of Events  11. The Psychology of Events  12. The Political Analysis and Political Economy of Events  13. Managing Uncertainty: (Re)Conceptualising Aspects Of Operations For Events  Section 3: Policy, Planning and Management  14. The Private Sector and Events  15. Event Staging  16. The Experience of Events  17. Social Capital and the Music Event Experience  18. Event Programming  19. Media and Events  20. Human Resource Management  21. Volunteering and Events  Section 4: The Impacts Of Events  22. A Spatial Extension to a Framework for Assessing Direct Economic Impacts of Tourist Events  23. Socio-Cultural Impacts of Events: Meanings, Authorized Transgression, and Social Capital  24. Event Impacts and Environmental Sustainability  25. The Role of Events In Urban Regeneration  26. ‘Faces, Spaces, and Places: Social and Cultural Impacts of Street Festivals in Cosmopolitan Cities’  27. Events, Cities and the Night Time Economy  28. Safety, Security and Event Management: A Case Study of the London 2012 Olympics and the Private Security Industry  29. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Tools in Events  Section 5: Future Research Directions For Events  30. Events Management Education  31. Festivals And Events, Government and Spatial Governance  32. A Futurist’s View on the Future of Events  33. Retrospect and Prospect

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Stephen J. Page is Associate Dean (Research) Hertfordshire Business School and Professor of Business and Management, University of Hertfordshire; author and editor of 41 books on tourism, leisure and events; and Editor of the journal Tourism Management.

Joanne Connell is Lecturer in Tourism Management at Exeter University Business School.