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Nowadays, sports Mega-events - with the Olympic Games leading the way – go to immense effort to showcase their environmental credentials. With that in mind, this book compares and contrasts the environmental credentials of four Olympic Host cities starting with Sydney 2000, the host of the first Green Summer Olympics, and culminating with London 2012. Setting out a comparative cross-national study that makes extensive use of perspectives offered by environmental sociology, this book showcases the scientific analytical vigour of this sociological sub-discipline. Since in most cases, the linkages between hosting the Games and the environment that are made by the general public and policy-makers are mostly in relation to the regeneration of the host city, this book engages with this type of environmental related contributions that can be made by Olympic Games hosting. Yet, inspired by the emphasis that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives on the environmental impact and legacy of Games in terms of the Ecological Modernization (EM) perspective, the book engages with the potential imbued by Olympic Games hosting for the EM of the host nation.


Description

Nowadays, sports Mega-events - with the Olympic Games leading the way – go to immense effort to showcase their environmental credentials. With that in mind, this book compares and contrasts the environmental credentials of four Olympic Host cities starting with Sydney 2000, the host of the first Green Summer Olympics, and culminating with London 2012. Setting out a comparative cross-national study that makes extensive use of perspectives offered by environmental sociology, this book showcases the scientific analytical vigour of this sociological sub-discipline. Since in most cases, the linkages between hosting the Games and the environment that are made by the general public and policy-makers are mostly in relation to the regeneration of the host city, this book engages with this type of environmental related contributions that can be made by Olympic Games hosting. Yet, inspired by the emphasis that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives on the environmental impact and legacy of Games in terms of the Ecological Modernization (EM) perspective, the book engages with the potential imbued by Olympic Games hosting for the EM of the host nation.


Contents

Introduction
Olympic Games: A Quintessentially Modern Project
The Environmental Issue: Opposing Development and Progress
Environmental Concern and Environmental Sociology: Parallel Developments
Reflexive Modernisation: Connecting the Environment with Modernity and Modernisation
Olympic Games and the Environment
Olympic Games and Ecological Modernisation: Three Case Studies (Sydney, Athens, Beijing)
London 2012: Evaluating the Prospects
Concluding Remarks


Authors

JOHN KARAMICHAS Lecturer in Sociology at Queen's University, Belfast, UK. He has recently published articles on environmental politics and policy in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, South European Society and Politics, Mediterranean Politics, Human Ecology Review, and Environmental Politics. He has also published with Graeme Hayes, Olympics, Mega-Events and Civil Societies: Globalization, Environment, Resistance.