Events dominate our screens, our lives, and increasingly global geopolitics. Analysis of events and their management has remained rooted in leisure and management studies - until now. This break-through book provides an introduction to event management, while also situating events in questions of power and social control.

Rojek powerfully argues that events are essential elements in corporate-state partnerships of ‘invisible government’ that have revived the romance of charity as to form illusory communities, while cloaking power imbalances and social inequalities. Events are moving politics from the old idea of ‘the personal is political’ to the new, more seductive notion that ‘representation is resistance’. Wielding rich case studies from the World Cup and the Olympics to Live Aid, Burning Man and Mardi Gras, Rojek presents a dazzlingly original account of communication power, social ordering and control. It is essential reading in media & communication studies and across the social sciences.

Why are Events So Emotional?

Why are events so emotional?

The question of why modern men and women are attracted to express emotions strongly through event consciousness is complex. Not least because it begs a number of related questions, each of which is complex in its own right. Why should an emotional response be preferred to a rational one? Why have global events become catalysts for the articulation of private emotions? What psychological and social forces make event exhibitionism a marker of personal integrity? Why is it so crucial for people to record events? What precisely are they articulating and commemorating?

It is apparent that something has happened of late to make events a more prominent feature of social consciousness. Twenty or 30 years ago judgements about ...

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