Power and hegemony within a community festival

Alan Clarke, Allan Jepson
2011 International Journal of Event and Festival Management  
Purpose: This paper will develop an illustrative case study of power and hegemony involved in the creation of a local community festival, through the representations of local communities" cultures from various ethnic groups within the City of Derby. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on observational analysis of the steering group and the planning forum processes, this paper will deconstruct the discourses utilised, deployed and reinvented in the Derby Jubilee Festival. Power is revealed as a
more » ... er is revealed as a pervasive and constructive set of forces that are both enabling and disenfranchising. Findings: We demonstrate that the definitions of cultures used in the construction of the festival have significant outcomes for the communities involved or excluded from the community festival. Further we elaborate how positions are constructed on the basis of different discourses of power. Originality/value: Few studies have developed an analysis power and hegemony within festivals. The study shows how the values inscribed within exclusive definitions of "culture" can exclude participation from community festivals.
doi:10.1108/17582951111116588 fatcat:wc7y2laqu5glppmame55kzvbqe