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Author Žilič Fišer S., Kožuh I.
Title The Impact of Cultural Events on Community Reputation and Pride in Maribor, The European Capital of Culture 2012
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Žilič Fišer S., Kožuh I.; The Impact of Cultural Events on Community Reputation and Pride in Maribor, The European Capital of Culture 2012 ;Social Indicators Research vol:142.0 issue: 3.0 page:1055

Keywords Community pride; Community reputation; Culture; European Capital of Culture; Participation
Link to article https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85049554726&doi=10.1007%2fs11205-018-1958-4&partnerID=40&md5=1305ef46ea9f37974f549fde3b7862ec
Abstract This paper examines the cultural and social impacts of the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) on the case of the Slovenian city Maribor, the cultural capital of Europe in 2012. The aim is to examine whether geographical area, time, and the level of participation, affect the community reputation and community pride of the citizens. Collection of data occurred twice—at the halfway point, and at the end of the ECOC year—and was conducted on a sample of 2156 citizens from Maribor and 2635 citizens from whole country. The results revealed that, firstly, feelings of community reputation rose during the ECOC year. People from Maribor showed a stronger sense of community reputation than Slovenes. Secondly, people from Maribor were, at the halfway point of the ECOC year, prouder of the event than Slovenes, which changed by the end of the year. Generally, community pride of the ECOC designation improved till the end of the ECOC year, in Slovenes more than in people from Maribor. Thirdly, Slovenes who participated actively in the ECOC events had a higher sense of community reputation than the actively involved people from Maribor. By contrast, passively involved people from Maribor had a stronger sense of community reputation than passively involved Slovenes. The results led to suggestions to organisers of the ECOC events to be aware of the wide impact of the organised events on public opinion for community reputation and pride in a particular city and country. © 2018, The Author(s).

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