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.

How is Event Cognition Formulated?

How is event cognition formulated?

It is a cliché to maintain that we live in the information age. That is, a social, economic and political context in which electronic data are a source of value in conditioning social and economic relationships (Bell, 1976; Castells, 1997; Touraine, 1974). What does it mean to posit that information is a source of value and what is the connection between this and event management? To answer these questions we will eventually have to make a distinction between the means and ends of information.

Before getting there we need to take a sideways step. We must briefly consider how economists have elaborated the proposition that the uneven distribution of information in society reflects power differences that invalidate ...

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