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New book on events

News vom 09.11.2014

Chris Rojek's book "Event Power" presents a compelling account of the role of global events such as the FIFA World Cup, the Rio Carnival or Live Aid in modern society. Concerned with their communicative and emotional powers, he argues that global events contribute to preventing structural transformations in contemporary society because they divert the masses from real political involvement by making people feel empowered and connected - feelings that rarely transcend the momentary atmosphere of an event. Elke Schüßler has reviewed Rojek's book for Organization Studies and has contrasted it with the field-configuring events perspective, especially the one developed in the edited volume on "Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events" by Moeran and Strandgaard Pedersen.

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