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Global Culture and Sport Series

The London Olympics of 2012

Politics, Promises and Legacy

Authors: Wagg, Stephen

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Analysing the politics of the 2012 London Olympics, Stephen Wagg examines the framing of London's bid to host the Games, arguments about the Games' likely impact and the establishment of 'Fortress London' to protect the Games. The book asks who won, and who lost out, in this important event as well as exploring its media coverage and legacy.

About the authors

Stephen Wagg is a professor in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Beckett University, UK and has written widely on the politics of sport. With Helen Jefferson Lenskyj he edited The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies (2012). His other recent books include Sounds and the City (edited with Brett Lashua and Karl Spracklen, Palgrave, 2014), Thatcher's Grandchildren (edited with Jane Pilcher, Palgrave, 2014) and An Introduction to Leisure Studies (with Peter Bramham, 2014).

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"Stephen Wagg's book makes an invaluable contribution to the growing body of critical literature on the Olympic industry [...] it debunks Olympic industry hype and documents the damaging impacts on individuals and communities" Professor Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, University of Toronto, Canada

"The politics of sport are systemically exposed in this compelling analysis of the London Olympics. Writing within the critical Olympic Studies tradition that he has helped to establish, Stephen Wagg examines the Games from the bid phase to the post-2012 sporting and urban legacies that successive governments promised would arise from hosting the event. The author provides a sharply argued and accessible critique of the UK's political class and its collaboration with the Olympic industry in the staging of London 2012." Professor Gavin Poynter, University of East London, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • The Contemporary Olympic Games — Commercial Juggernaut or the Price of Progress?

    Wagg, Stephen

    Pages 1-13

  • The Games Come to London

    Wagg, Stephen

    Pages 14-28

  • ‘It Remains Unclear How Local People Will Benefit …’: Post-Bid, Pre-Games — Prognostication and Protest

    Wagg, Stephen

    Pages 29-43

  • Looking for Inspiration: The Politics of the Olympic Flame at London 2012

    Wagg, Stephen

    Pages 44-60

  • ‘Isambard Kingdom Brunel Wasn’t a Marxist’: The Opening Ceremony of London 2012

    Wagg, Stephen

    Pages 61-89

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-32634-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-32633-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The London Olympics of 2012
Book Subtitle
Politics, Promises and Legacy
Authors
Series Title
Global Culture and Sport Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32634-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137326348
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32633-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 211
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