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 is ‘Moral Regulation’ Relevant?

Why is ‘moral regulation’ relevant?

To understand why, we need to go a bit further into what the term moral regulation means. Further, since global event management presupposes public relations and multinational communication networks it is also necessary to address the question of communication power and the related matter of events as vehicles of intercontinental consent engineering. We will go through these issues quite formally before returning to demonstrate their relevance to event management.

Corrigan and Sayer (1985: 4) define moral regulation as:

a project of normalizing, rendering natural, taken for granted, in a word ‘obvious’, what are in fact ontological and epistemological premises of a particular and historical form of social order.

Organised religion and central state agencies have long employed schooling, the ...

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