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.

What are the Main Types of Event?

What are the main types of event?

I want to be clear that this book is not to be understood as a critical sally against all types of event management, sui generis. My critical focus is upon high profile, global events involving pressure groups, corporations and the state. I hold that there is much of interest, and a good deal that is new, in the role of this level of organisation in the social ordering of contemporary life. Not to beat about the bush, it has emerged as part of the heavy artillery of governance in the battle for the public mind, and it deploys the full range of public relations expertise and media communication network power to pursue ...

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