Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

Living with London's Olympics

An Ethnography

Authors: Lindsay, I.

  • Complicates many commonly held and officially asserted notions of the effects of the Olympics on the host country and its people 
  • Focuses in on the 2012 Olympics while presenting rich ethnographic detail gathered over the course of seven years of preparation 
  • Offers a new approach to the study of the 2012 Olympics, one that takes an anthropological approach and examines the impact on the locals over the long term
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The quadrennial summer Olympic Games are renowned for producing the world's biggest single-city cultural event. This mega-event attracts a live audience of millions, a television audience of billions, and generates incredible scrutiny before, during, and after each installment. This is due to the fact that underpinning the 17 days of spectacular sporting events is approximately a decade worth of planning, preparing, and politicking. It is during this decade that prospective host cities must plan and win their bids before embarking upon seven years of urban upheaval and social transformation in order to stage the world's premier sporting event. This book draws on seven years of ethnographic inquiry around the London 2012 Olympics and contrasts the rhetoric and reality of mega-event delivery. Lindsay argues that in its current iteration the twin notions of beneficial Olympic legacies and Olympic delivery benefits for hosting communities are largely incompatible.

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Iain Lindsay is Visiting Lecturer in the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University, UK.

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“Living with London’s Olympics is a necessary, eye-opening and highly readable book … . Taking a critical micro-level view on the contestations, ambiguities and contradictions of the Olympic delivery, it provides a reversal of this massive spectacle. As such the book could be of interest to a wide range of students and scholars well beyond the subdiscipline of urban anthropology.” (Toomas Gross, Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, Vol. 40 (4), Winter, 2015) 


"Cities bidding for the Olympic Games now routinely spend as much time addressing issues of long-term legacy as to plans for the sports competitions. In this pioneering text, Iain Lindsay presents a wealth of ethnographic data to show how the seven-year preparations for London 2012 fared in light of the original claims. It is required reading for anyone interested in the realities of planning for the world's most significant sporting and cultural mega-event." - John Gold, Professor of Urban Historical Geography, Oxford Brookes University, UK

"Iain Lindsay has produced a fascinating study of the London 2012 Olympics, specifically regarding how the world's biggest mega-event was experienced and endured by its immediate hosts, the local people in one of the UK's poorest, most ethnically complex, and transient areas. The book is urban anthropology at its very best - richly ethnographic, vividly detailed, and sharply critical - and is essential reading for anyone with an interest i

n sport mega-events, community relations, and urban redevelopment." - Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University, UK

"The 2012 London Olympics was a remarkable mega-sporting event that was also tasked with responsibility for the delivery of the regeneration of a blighted segment of the UK's capital. Iain Lindsay has written an astonishingly detailed account of life from within the maelstrom of this delivery. The seven years that Lindsay spent in the field offer a nuanced view of the promises made to local communities when the Games were awarded to London, as well as an examination of how, come Games time, those promises had morphed into a free-market jamboree from which local communities were excluded. This is a fine example of socially committed urban ethnography." - Dick Hobbs, Professor, University of Western Sydney, Australia

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Living with London's Olympics
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45321-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137453211
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45672-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49855-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 202
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