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Palgrave Macmillan

Leveraging Legacies from Sports Mega-Events

Concepts and Cases

ISBN 9781137371171
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Have you ever wondered why states invest so heavily in sports mega-events? Ever considered who benefits from these (mostly publicly financed) 'mega' events? Part of the rationale of this edited collection is to go beyond the positive discourse that attends sports 'megas'. The volume of essays from a stellar international cast of experts offers a panoramic and interdisciplinary view of the growing field of Sports Mega-Event studies. The contributions cover discussion of the key concepts and debates in cutting-edge research, examples of leveraging strategies and the legacies from previous sports megas (such as London, Seoul, Sydney, Vancouver) and examples and analyses of recent and future 'emerging' states and their hosting strategies (such as India, China, Qatar and Russia).

Jonathan Grix is Reader in Sport Policy and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. His latest books include Sport Under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle' (Palgrave, 2012) with M. Dennis and Sport Politics: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2014).

1. From Legacy to Leverage; Laurence Chalip
2. Megas for Strivers: the Politics of Second Order Events; David Black
3. 'Legacy' Revisited; Holger Preuss
4. Sports Mega-Events and Mass Participation in Sport; Mike Weed
5. Neo-Liberalism and Sports Mega-Events; Michael Silk
6. Sydney 2000 and Melbourne 2006: A Tale of Two Australian Cities; Bob Stewart
7. 'Leaving Las Magas', or Can Sustainability ever be Social? Vancouver 2010 in Post-Political Perspective; Caitlin Pentifallo and Robert Van Wynsberghe
8. Seoul 1998; Alan Bairner and Ji-Hyun Cho
9. The Legacy of the 2002 Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup; Dongfeng Liu
10. London 2012; John Horne and Barrie Houlihan
11. Magical Thought and the Legacy Discourse of the 2008 Beijing Games; Wolfram Manzenreiter
12. Dreaming Big: Spectacular Events and the 'World-Class' City - The Commonwealth Games in Delhi; Amita Baviskar
13. South Africa's 'Coming Out Party': Reflections on the Significance and Implications of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; Scarlett Cornelissen
14. Qatar, Global Sport, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup; Paul Brannagan and Richard Giulianotti
15. Russia: Showcasing a 'Re-Emerging' State?; Oleg Golubchikov and Irina Slepukhina

Alan Bairner, Loughborough University, UK

Amita Baviskar, The Institute of Economic Growth, India

David Black, Dalhousie University, Canada

Paul Michael Brannagan, Loughborough University, UK

Laurence Chalip, University of Illinois, USA

Ji-Hyun Cho, Yong In University, South Korea

Scarlett Cornelissen, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Liu Dongfeng, Shanghai University of Sport, China

Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University, UK

Oleg Golubchikov, Cardiff University, UK

John Horne, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Barrie Houlihan, Loughborough University, UK

Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna, Austria

Caitlin Pentifallo, University of British Columbia, Canada

Michael Silk, University of Bath, UK

Bob Stewart, Victoria University, Australia

Holger Preuss, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Germany

Irina Slepukhina, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Renata Toledo, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

Mike Weed, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Robert VanWynsberghe, University of British Columbia, Canada


"International sports mega-events and their legacies are much debated features of contemporary culture. In this book many of the main writers in the field provide valuable new and accessible studies of this phenomenon. This book deserves to be widely read." -Maurice C. Roche, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield, UK
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