Festival attendance and the development of social capital

Arcodia, Charles and Whitford, Michelle (2007) Festival attendance and the development of social capital. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 8 2: 1-18. doi:10.1300/J452v08n02_01

Author Arcodia, Charles
Whitford, Michelle
Title Festival attendance and the development of social capital
Journal name Journal of Convention and Event Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1547-0148
Publication date 2007-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J452v08n02_01
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Editor J. Abbott
Place of publication Binghamton, New York, USA
Publisher Haworth Hospitality Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
350501 Tourism Policy and Planning
710599 Tourism not elsewhere classified
Abstract Festivals are emerging worldwide as a growing and vibrant sector of the tourism and leisure industries and are seen to have significant economic, socio-cultural, and political impacts on the destination area and host groups. While there are a number of scholars working on developing valid models to determine the economic impact of festivals on host communities, there are few studies published which focus on the social, cultural, and/or political impacts of festivals and events. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to determine the degree to which festival attendance facilitates the augmentation of social capital by drawing upon the literature from various disciplines in order to conceptualize the synergy between festivals and social capital. To achieve this, the paper will (1) examine the relevant literature on the key characteristics of ‘festivals’ as distinct from other events and (2) investigate the current uses of the notion of ‘social capital’ within the academic debates in a variety of disciplinary contexts
Keyword cultural impact
festival attendance
political impact
social capital
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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