Introduction: the need to understand the social dimensions of events

Wilks, Linda (2013). Introduction: the need to understand the social dimensions of events. In: Richards, Greg; de Brito, Marisa and Wilks, Linda eds. Exploring the social impacts of events. Routledge Advances in Event Research Series. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–11.



Events operate on a range of scales, from the small, volunteer-run community event for 100 or so people, to the professionally organized, politically driven mega-event which takes years to plan and attracts millions of attendees. Events take place across the world, in rural and urban locations, within developed and developing nations, as well as in the virtual domain. Events encompass a wide variety of themes and formats, from music festivals to sporting competitions and trade exhibitions. Despite their many differences, however, linking all of these events is the presence of people who interact with each other.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 39619
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  • Book Section
  • ISBN
  • 0-415-53961-7, 978-0-415-53961-6
  • Keywords
  • events; festivals; social impact; social capital; music; Bourdieu; Putnam; community; social networks; race; ethnicity
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  • Other Departments > Research, Enterprise and Scholarship
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  • © 2013 Greg Richards, Marisa P. de Brito and Linda Wilks
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  • Linda Wilks