Events and Marginalisation

Trudie Walters, Allan Jepson

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This book is the first to take an in-depth examination of events at the margins and marginal events, and responds to recent calls for researchers to take a more critical approach to event studies (Lamond and Platt, 2016; Pernecky, 2016). Marginalisation has been the subject of academic research for some time now. For example, marginalisation and exclusion have been identified as problematic in fields as diverse as geography (Sibley, 1995; Cloke and Little, 1997), public health (de Jong and Schout, 2013; Eliassen et al., 2013), education (Benner and Yang, 2014) and media studies (Budarick and Han, 2017), however little has been done within the field of event studies. Both individuals and communities may be/feel marginalised in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons, and we contend this is also highly relevant to events at all levels and scales. As a result of limited research enquiries in this area many questions remain unaddressed such as:
 How do marginalised groups adopt/ use events for social interaction?
 How can/do events contribute to community cohesion and wellbeing for marginalised communities?
 How do communities perceive, resist or support marginal events?
 How is marginalisation created, enacted, or resisted in an events context?
 What managerial implications are there for events at the geographical margins?
A diverse range of events can be conceptualised as being at the margins or as marginal. They may include events in/for groups or communities marginalised on the basis of race, gender, religion, [dis]ability, ethnicity, citizenship status or income. They may be held in geographically isolated places and as such be on the physical margins, which raises not only a set of potential challenges for event managers, but also potential rewards for event managers and communities alike. Marginal events may also seek to empower the marginalized, or resist/challenge the hegemonic discourse, as is the case with protest events.
In developing this book, our aim was to bring together a collection of work that drew from many disciplines and applied a critical approach to marginalisation in events, that delved deeper and sought to address the ‘how’ and ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ and which made use of a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches. The authors who have contributed abstracts have engaged with these themes enthusiastically and critically, and the resulting book will appeal to both emerging and established scholars working in a range of discipline areas - from nursing studies to gender studies, from event studies to anthropology. This book draws together empirical research across a range of examples of events at the margins and marginal events, to provide a holistic picture of their various roles and influence in the lives of marginalized individuals and communities. One of its core strengths is its international perspective - it encompasses case studies from around the world including South Africa, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Afghanistan, Canada, the United States of America, Brazil, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages252
ISBN (Electronic)9780429506697
ISBN (Print)9781138583566
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Event Research Series


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