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Mega-events and social change

Spectacle, legacy and public culture

By Maurice Roche

Mega-events and social change

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3387-8
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £30.00
  • Published Date: January 2019
  • BIC Category: Sociology, SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, SPORTS & RECREATION / Olympics, Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general, Sporting events & management, Sociology: Sport & Leisure
  • Series: Globalizing Sport Studies

Description

The spectacle of major cultural and sporting events can preoccupy modern societies. This book is concerned with contemporary mega-events, like the Olympics and Expos. Using a sociological perspective Roche argues that mega-events reflect the major social changes which now influence our societies, particularly in the West, and that these amount to a new 'second phase' of the modernization process. Changes are particularly visible in the media, urban and global locational aspects of mega-events. Thus he suggests that contemporary mega-events, both in their achievements and their vulnerabilities, reflect, in the media sphere, the rise of the internet; in the urban sphere, de-industrialisation and the growing ecological crisis; and in the global sphere, the relative decline of the West and the rise of China and other 'emerging' countries.

Author

Maurice Roche is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield

Contents

Introduction
1 Mega-events and macro-social change
PART I: Mega-events and media change
2 Mega-events and mediatisation: between 'old' and 'new' media
3 The 'Digital Age', media-sport and mega-events: 'piracy' and symbiosis in the cultural industries
PART II: Mega-events, legacy and urban change
4 Embedding mega-events: staging spectacles in changing cities
5 Mega-events and urban development: Olympics and 'legacies'
6 Mega-events, urban space and social change: expos, parks and cities
PART III: Mega-events and global change in East and West
7 Mega-events, globalisation and urban legacy: events in China in the early twenty-first century
8 Mega-events, glocalisation and urban legacy: London as an 'event city' and the 2012 Olympics
Index

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