The psychology of events

Benckendorff, Pierre and Pearce, Philip L. (2012). The psychology of events. In Stephen J. Page and Joanne Connell (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of events (pp. 165-185) Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

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Author Benckendorff, Pierre
Pearce, Philip L.
Title of chapter The psychology of events
Title of book The Routledge handbook of events
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780415583343
Editor Stephen J. Page
Joanne Connell
Chapter number 11
Start page 165
End page 185
Total pages 21
Total chapters 33
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The discipline of psychology consists of a sprawling array of theories, methods and levels of analysis as its researchers attempt to forge a scientific approach to the analysis of people's behaviour and experience. From its foundation period through to its most contemporary summaries, the discipline has been characterised by highly abstract areas of inquiry as well as substantial fields of applied expertise (Boring 1950; Fumham 2008). The present consideration of psychology and its contribution to the study of events draws on select insights from both the theoretical area and the applied fields. The specialised area of social psychology, which can be succinctly defined as how other people influence behaviour, is particularly relevant to the management of events as leisure activities. The initial section of this chapter briefly documents the main psychological concepts and applications which will be used to frame the present analysis of people's involvement in events. These considerations include a discussion of motivation and personality, role theory, identity and personality, experience analysis, and post-event attitudes. The emotional, aesthetic and perfom1ative labour which describes the world of event participants will also be reviewed. Additionally, the concepts of flow and mindfulness will be noted to help understand elite performance. The key sections which then follow these introductory remarks are the psychology of event spectators and attendees, the psychology of event performers and active participants, and then, briefly, the psychology of elite event participants. An organising diagram illustrating these links and approaches is provided in Figure 11.1. [Introduction]
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