Socio-cultural impacts of events

Meanings, authorized transgression, and social capital

Authored by: Richard Sharpley , Philip R. Stone

The Routledge Handbook of Events

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367236489
eBook ISBN: 9780429280993
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People and communities are impacted by events. Such impacts may be positive and beneficial or negative and detrimental. This chapter addresses the generic problems of attributing the nature of social and cultural impacts of events to their specific and multifaceted causes. The chapter examines the problem of research in this area of events, characterized as being case study-driven and lacking general frameworks to assess socio-cultural impacts. This is somewhat surprising all events have a common characteristic: staging an event involves people and events attract people.

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