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UTILISING FIELD THEORY TO EXAMINE MEGA-EVENT LED DEVELOPMENT

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Scholars and practitioners have long been analysing and evaluating the way events, particularly mega-events, serve as a mechanism of change. Powerful descriptions are typically brought to life via event impact and legacy case studies: yet, I argue such work can remain a-theoretical – or – conceptually disorganised. I draw on Bourdieu’s field theory and the management study of Field Configuring Events to develop a new analytical framework: the ‘Cognitive and Relational Mapping of Field Configuring Events’ – augmenting and offering a set of concepts to strengthen analysis and conceptual consistency between studies, whilst affording latitude to overlay different disciplinary perspectives. I detail methodological and conceptual advantages afforded alongside six ways the framework could be applied-and-extended across various cases and contexts.

Keywords: cognitive and relational mapping of field configuring events; event-led field development; field configuring events; field theory; mega-events

Affiliations: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK

Appeared or available online: February 21, 2022

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