Anthropology of events

Diasporic perspectives, events and the representation of people

Authored by: Alison Booth

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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Festivals and events are significant cultural phenomena globally and they present a platform to represent people in different socio-cultural contexts. For this reason, events lend themselves to the anthropological analysis of events that draws upon the study of rituals. The anthropological analysis of events is the principal focus of this chapter as complex and ritualised public events provide a broad focus for study. A wide range of perspectives are possible ranging from kinship, religion, political economy and cultural practice with the anthropological analysis of events reflecting the broad basis of anthropology as a discipline. In the case of event studies, the sub-field of cultural anthropology is used as a basis to understand the human experience of events as illustrated in this chapter.

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