Community events and social justice in urban growth areas

Mair, Judith and Duffy, Michelle (2015) Community events and social justice in urban growth areas. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 7 3: 282-298. doi:10.1080/19407963.2014.997438


Author Mair, Judith
Duffy, Michelle
Title Community events and social justice in urban growth areas
Journal name Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1940-7971
1940-7963
Publication date 2015-01-20
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/19407963.2014.997438
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 282
End page 298
Total pages 17
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Formatted abstract
Community festivals appear to be proliferating, partly in response to local government social justice policy imperatives around strengthening sense of community among their constituents. This has led to policies that encourage participation by all so as to minimise social isolation, increase opportunities for interaction and facilitate greater understanding of difference, as well as the maintenance of minority cultural practices [Lee, I., Arcodia, C., & Jeonglyeol Lee, T. (2012). Benefits of visiting a multicultural festival: The case of South Korea. Tourism Management, 33, 334–340]. However, community is a contested and multifaceted term, and sense of community is intangible and therefore hard to measure. Taking a case study approach, this paper examined two community festivals in the growth corridor in the south-east of Melbourne, Australia; one a long-running grassroots festival celebrating the rural traditions of the area and the other a new festival designed and staged by the local authority to address their community strengthening objectives. The findings of the study show that both councils accept within their policies that festivals and events have strong connections with community and identity. However, their focus on a place-based definition of community and a relatively narrow view of what constitutes community has led to limited success in achieving their objectives.
Keyword Social justice
Festivals
Policy
Sense of community
Belonging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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