There is an ever-growing level of importance given to events in modern society and until now the existing literature has been dominated by economics. The levels of protest attached to major events in recent times indicates that the time is right for an exploration of the ideological, social and cultural aspects of events. The book examines the transformatory function of events in the context of development studies - as phenomena that can promote and facilitiate human development, including social, societal and individual change.
Omar Moufakkir is Director of the Tourism Management Institute, at La Rochelle Business School of Tourism in France. Tomas Pernecky teaches event management papers at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand. He has published in leading tourism journals and is one of the editors for The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research
Introduction 1. Events education: Industry, programs and curriculum development -where is the gap? 2. The worldmaking and transformative role of events 3. The role of local events in rebuilding communities following natural d isasters: A case study of the villages of the Central Catskills after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 4. The 'community action dash': Inner-city neighbourhood revitalisation during a community-led event 5. Halifax Greek Fest: The social and cultural significance of hosting a festival for the Halifax Greek community and Halifax society 6. Organizer perceptions of the social impacts of community-based festivals in Dublin, Ireland 7. The socio-cultural impacts of events: A case analysis of the Intwasa festival 8. Values and value construction through events 9. Understanding the cultural and social contexts of community festivals: A case of Macau 10. The sociocultural implications of hosting mega sporting events within Islamic countries 11. Exit Festival: Contesting political pasts and influencing youth culture, regenerating the image of Novi Sad, Serbia 12. Liverpool and the European Capital of Culture 2008: Performativity and transformation 13. The role of artistic events in inspiring transformative change in the lives of individuals and the practices of communities. 14. VFR event tourism and social networks-at-a-distance: Rural community development through reunion and celebration 15. Social and cultural aspects of events: the case of Egypt 16. Celebration, regeneration and community social welfare: The roles of the multi-cultural festival 17. Antecedents of festivity
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