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Olympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies
 
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Olympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies
Globalization, Environment, Resistance
 
 
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08 Nov 2011
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This volume explores sports mega-events, their social, political, and cultural characters, the value systems that they inscribe and draw on, the claims they make on us and the claims the organisers make for them, the spatial and ethical relationships they create, and the responses of civil societies to them. Our premise is that sports mega-events are not simply sporting or cultural phenomena. They are also political and economic events, characterised by the generation and projection of symbolic meanings – most obviously over the nature of statehood, economic power, and of collective cultural identity – and by social conflict, especially over land use, and over the extent and contours of public spending commitments. Because of their peculiar spatial and temporal organization, they raise questions about the relationships between global cultural and economic flows and particular local and national spaces. Because of their evolutionary characteristics, they ask us to consider not simply the time of the event but of the effects of the event on the long-term direction, implementation, and consequences of public policy.


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This volume explores sports mega-events, their social, political, and cultural characters, the value systems that they inscribe and draw on, the claims they make on us and the claims the organisers make for them, the spatial and ethical relationships they create, and the responses of civil societies to them. Our premise is that sports mega-events are not simply sporting or cultural phenomena. They are also political and economic events, characterised by the generation and projection of symbolic meanings – most obviously over the nature of statehood, economic power, and of collective cultural identity – and by social conflict, especially over land use, and over the extent and contours of public spending commitments. Because of their peculiar spatial and temporal organization, they raise questions about the relationships between global cultural and economic flows and particular local and national spaces. Because of their evolutionary characteristics, they ask us to consider not simply the time of the event but of the effects of the event on the long-term direction, implementation, and consequences of public policy.


Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Sports Mega-Events, Sustainable Development, and Civil Societies; G.Hayes & J.Karamichas
The Four 'Cs' of Sports Mega-Events: Capitalism, Connections, Citizenship and Contradictions; J.Horne
Civilizing Beijing: Social Beautification, Civility and Citizenship at the 2008 Olympics; A.Broudehoux
Istanbul's Olympic Challenge: A Passport for Europe?; J.Polo
The Failed Bid for Lyon '68 and France's Winter Olympics from Grenoble '68 to Annecy 2018: French Politics, Civil Society and Olympic Mega-Events; H.Dauncey
The Role of Environmental Issues in Mega-Events Planning and Management Processes: Which Factors Count?; P.Caratti & L.Ferraguto
Sustainability as Global Norm: The Greening of Meag-Events in China; A.Mol & L.Zhang
Olympic Games as an Opportunity for the Ecological Modernization of the Host Nation: The Cases of Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004; J.Karamichas
What Happens When Olympic Bids Fail? Sustainable Development and Paris 2012; G.Hayes
Olympic Games, Conflicts and Social Movements: The Case of Torino 2006; E.Dansero, B.Corpo, Al.Mela & I.Ropolo
Vancouver 2010: The Saga of Eagleride Bluffs; D.Whitson
Resisting the Torch; X.Renou
Conclusion: Sports Mega-Events: Disputed Places, Structural Contradictions and Critical Moments; G.Hayes & J.Karamichas
Bibliography
Index


Authors

GRAEME HAYES Senior Lecturer and Director of French Studies at Aston University, UK. He has previously published Environmental Protest and the State in France
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, European Environment, Human Ecology Review, and Environmental Politics.