Power, Politics and International Events: Socio-cultural Analyses of Festivals and Spectacles

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Although the event management field has grown considerably over the last decade, critical, social-scientific studies of the international events industry are rare. This book intends to help fill this void. It focuses on power, social and political relations, conflicts and controversies in the context of international events, popular festivals and famous spectacles. It draws on recent primary research and offers a diverse range of new and intriguing case studies, for example the Arirang Festival in North Korea, ...

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Overview

Although the event management field has grown considerably over the last decade, critical, social-scientific studies of the international events industry are rare. This book intends to help fill this void. It focuses on power, social and political relations, conflicts and controversies in the context of international events, popular festivals and famous spectacles. It draws on recent primary research and offers a diverse range of new and intriguing case studies, for example the Arirang Festival in North Korea, the Gay Games, the Gymnaestrada, horse-racing events, the London 2012 Olympics, regional and rural festivals, the World Baseball Classic, World Fairs/Expos and U2 concerts.

The main aim of this volume is to bring the critical, social-scientific analysis of events, festivals and spectacles more into the core of the teaching of events management degree programmes. The book draws extensively upon the disciplines of politics, sociology, cultural studies and history.

In the process, it addresses key themes such as:

• political economy
• politics of popular culture
• the global and the local
• regionalism and globalization
• nations and nationalism
• international relations and foreign policy.

This groundbreaking collection of essays is unique and innovative. It will be an essential source for students, researchers and academics with a keen interest in critical, social-scientific analyses of events.

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Meet the Author

Udo Merkel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton. He is part of the Events Management team and has a keen interest in the social-scientific study of the international events industry. In addition to researching and teaching sociological and political aspects of international sports events, he has published widely in the areas of comparative European studies and football cultures. He is currently preparing a book on the role of international events and festivals as a foreign policy and diplomatic tool.

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Table of Contents

Contents

PART I

Introduction

1 The critical, social-scientific study of international events: Power, politics and conflicts

UDO MERKEL

PART II

Historical and developmental case studies

2 Regional events and festivals in Europe: Revitalizing traditions and modernizing identities

LOUISA DEVISMES

3 The historical roots of the Gymnaestrada: National gymnastics festivals in nineteenth-century Europe

ANGELA WICHMANN

4 World Expos and global power relations

JAYNE LUSCOMBE

5 A short, selective history of the Gay Games: Conflicts, clashes and controversies

NIGEL JARVIS

PART III

Contemporary case studies and ethnographies

6 Global events and local conflicts: Who owns the streets of London?

ADAM JONES AND JANET WOOLLEY

7 "A Day at the Races": Critical reflections of an insider

STEVEN GOSS-TURNER

8 Arts, acrobatics and athleticism in North Korea: Power, politics and propaganda

UDO MERKEL

9 The World Baseball Classic: The production and politics of a new global sports spectacle

THOMAS F. CARTER

10 Politics as spectacle: U2’s 360° tour (2009-2011)

MICHAEL WILLIAMS

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