London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City

A Hollow Legacy?

Editors: Cohen, Phil, Watt, Paul (Eds.)

  • Provides critical analysis of the successes and failures of the London 2012 Olympics
  • Compares how the 2012 Olympic Games differ from previous and planned Olympic mega-events in similar host cities
  • Questions how mega-events spark urban regeneration and assesses what this means for local people
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This book brings together a body of new research which looks both backwards and forwards to consider how far the London 2012 Olympic legacy has been delivered and how far it has been a hollow promise. Cohen and Watt consider the lessons that can be learnt from the London experience and aptly apply them other host cities, specifically Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The Olympics are often described as a ‘mega-event’ in a way that assumes the host cities have no other existence outside, before or beyond the contexts imposed by the Games themselves. In terms of regeneration, the London 2012 Olympics promised to trigger a mega-regeneration project that was different to what had come before. This time the mistakes of other large-scale projects like London Docklands and Canary Wharf would be put right: top-down planning would be replaced by civic participation, communication and ‘the local’. This edited collection questions how far the 2012 London legacy really is different. In so doing, it brings fresh evidence, original insights and new perspectives to bear on the post-Olympics debate. A detailed and well-researched study, this book will be of great interest to scholars of urban geography, sociology, urban planning, and sports studies. 

About the authors

Phil Cohen is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London and Emeritus Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of East London, and co-founder of the Living Maps network.
Paul Watt is Reader in Urban Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom. He co-wrote Understanding Social Inequality (Sage, 2007) with Tim Butler, and co-edited Mobilities and Neighbourhood Belonging in Cities and Suburbs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) with Peer Smets. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Hollow Crown – Understanding the Olympics in Prospect and Retrospect

    Cohen, Phil (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

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  • East London’s Post-Olympic Economy

    Poynter, Gavin

    Pages 27-51

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  • Hollow Sovereignty and the Hollow Crown? Contested Governance and the Olympic Security Edifice

    Fussey, Pete (et al.)

    Pages 53-87

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  • Legacy for Whom? Housing in Post-Olympic East London

    Watt, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 91-138

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  • A Place Beyond Belief: Hysterical Materialism and the Making of East 20

    Cohen, Phil

    Pages 139-177

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City
Book Subtitle
A Hollow Legacy?
Editors
  • Phil Cohen
  • Paul Watt
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48947-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48947-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48946-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 460
Number of Illustrations and Tables
55 b/w illustrations
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