Please come, sit, and share my view

Authors: Beer, S.

Journal: Event Management

Volume: 22

Issue: 6

Pages: 891-902

ISSN: 1525-9951

DOI: 10.3727/152599518X15378845225294

Abstract:

Communities in general, and rural communities in particular, punctuate their lives with events that bring people together and celebrate aspects of culture. Rural communities in the UK are no exception and there is a heavily populated calendar of rural events, celebrating touchstones such as farming, hunting, and horses. Thus, there are numerous agricultural shows, game fairs, and horse events such as gymkhanas and horse shows. Research with regard to events such as these has been limited. There is a feeling among many people in the rural community that the UK is increasingly dominated by urban, as opposed to rural, concerns and that this cultural influence is changing the nature of many rural events. This article aims to explore and articulate some of these concerns. In order to do this an autoethnographic approach has been adopted as a method, utilizing logocentrism as an ontological lens. I grew up immersed in the culture and traditions of rural UK. I was taken hunting and was attending horse and agricultural shows before I could walk. As a young man I worked on farms and helped organize and run rural events. As such I view(ed) the world from a perspective that reflects my cultural upbringing. I find it difficult living in an urban dominated society where I consider rural events are increasingly urbanized to a point where the life, past and present, of the countryside becomes a sideshow. This commodification of rural life in the UK is something that has local and global relevance, though there are ways that event organizers can address some of these concerns.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31665/

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PLEASE COME, SIT, AND SHARE MY VIEW

Authors: Beer, S.

Journal: EVENT MANAGEMENT

Volume: 22

Issue: 6

Pages: 891-902

eISSN: 1943-4308

ISSN: 1525-9951

DOI: 10.3727/152599518X15378845225294

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31665/

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Please come, sit and share my view

Authors: Beer, S.

Journal: Event Management

Publisher: Cognizant Communication Corp.

ISSN: 1525-9951

Abstract:

Please come, sit and share my view

Communities in general, and rural communities in particular, punctuate their lives with events that bring people together and celebrate aspects of culture. Rural communities in the United Kingdom (UK) are no exception and there is a heavily populated calendar of rural events, celebrating touchstones such as farming, hunting and horses. Thus there are numerous agricultural shows, game fairs, and horse events such as gymkhanas and horse shows. Research with regard to events such as these has been limited. There is a feeling amongst many people in the rural community that the UK is increasingly dominated by urban, as opposed to rural, concerns and that this cultural influence is changing the nature of many rural events. This paper aims to explore and articulate some of these concerns. In order to do this an autoethnographic approach has been adopted as a method, utilizing logocentrism as an ontological lens. I grew up immersed in the culture and traditions of rural England. I was taken hunting and was attending horse and agricultural shows before I could walk. As a young man I worked on farms and helped organise and run rural events. As such I view(ed) the world from a perspective that reflects my cultural upbringing. I find it difficult living in an urban dominated ‘society’ where I consider rural events are increasingly urbanised to a point where the life, past and present, of the countryside becomes a sideshow. This commodification of rural life in the UK is something that has local and also global relevance, though there are ways that event organisers can address some of these concerns.

Keywords: rural, agriculture, autoethnography, logocentrism

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31665/

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