Festival Space: gender, liminality and the carnivalesque

Pielichaty, Hanya (2015) Festival Space: gender, liminality and the carnivalesque. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 6 (3). pp. 235-250. ISSN 1758-2954

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Abstract

Purpose - Contemporary outdoor rock and popular music festivals offer liminal spaces in which event participants can experience characteristics associated with the carnivalesque. Festival goers celebrate with abandonment, excess and enjoy a break from the mundane routine of everyday life. The aim of this conceptual paper is to explore the way gender is negotiated in the festival space.
Design/methodology/approach - The rock and popular music tribute festival, known as ‘Glastonbudget’ provides the focus for this conceptual paper. A pilot ethnographic study at the event utilising photographic imagery was used to understand the way in which gender is displayed.
Findings - It is suggested that liminal zones offer space to invert social norms and behave with abandonment and freedom away from the constraints of the everyday but neither women nor men actually take up this opportunity. The carnivalesque during Glastonbudget represents a festival space which consolidates normative notions of gender hierarchy via a complicated process of othering.
Research limitations/implications - This is a conceptual paper which presents the need to develop social science based studies connecting gender to the social construction of event space. The ideas developed in this article need to be further explored further building upon the research design established here.
Originality/value – There is currently a paucity of literature surrounding the concept of gender within these festival spaces especially in relation to liminality within events research.

Keywords:festival, carnivalesque, liminality, costume, gender, events, Fantasy, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N820 Event Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:16790
Deposited On:24 Feb 2015 17:00

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