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Sports Mega–Events. Social Scientific Analyses of a Global Phenomenon. Sociological Review Monographs

  • ID: 2248698
  • Book
  • September 2006
  • Region: Global
  • 212 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Developments in new technologies of mass communication, especially the development of satellite television, have created unprecedented global audiences for events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The influx of corporate sponsorship money into sports megas has provided an important source of income for host cities and the international organizations running world sports events. Sports mega–events are now seen as useful in the selling of all manner of commercial products and as valuable promotional opportunities for cities and regions, showcasing their attractions to global audiences and helping to attract tourism and outside investment. The enthusiasm to host sports mega–events has grown massively in the past 20 years, but research has pointed out significant gaps between forecast and actual outcomes, between economic and non–economic rewards, between the experience of mega–events in advanced and in developing societies. This collection of specially commissioned essays asks penetrating questions about why governments and cities compete for the right to host these major international sporting events? What are the tradeoffs and opportunity costs of doing so? Do such events ultimately deliver the benefits, economic and otherwise, that their proponents proclaim?

This volume offers a distinctive and timely comparative analysis of the sociological, economic, and political significance of bids for, and the hosting of, sports mega–events throughout the world Europe, Asia, North America, Australasia and South Africa. The contents will appeal to an international readership in sociology, geography, economics, sports studies and sports management and cultural studies. The breadth of coverage and international composition of the specialist contributors makes this a compelling and substantive addition to the sociological literature in sport, leisure and popular cultural studies.

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1. An introduction to the sociology of sports mega–events: John Horne (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Wolfram Manzenreiter (University of Vienna, Austria).

Part 1: Sports mega–events, modernity and capitalist economies.

2. Mega–events and modernity revisited: Maurice Roche (University of Sheffield, UK).

3. The Economic Impact of Major Sport Events: Chris Gratton, Simon Shibli, and Richard Coleman (Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK).

4. Urban entrepreneurship, corporate interests and sports mega–events: C. Michael Hall (University of Otago, New Zealand).

Part 2: The Glocal Politics of Sports Mega–events.

5. Underestimated costs and overestimated benefits? Comparing the outcomes of sports mega–events in Canada and Japan: David Whitson (University of Alberta, at Edmonton, Canada) and John Horne (University of Edinburgh).

6. Modernizing China in the Olympic spotlight: China s national identity and the 2008 Beijing Olympiad: Xin Xu (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan).

7. The 2010 Football World Cup as a political construct: the challenge of making good on an African promise: Scarlett Cornelissen (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Kamilla Swart (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa).

Part 3: Power, spectacle and the city.

8. UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal: The social construction of a sports mega– event and spectacle: Salomé Marivoet (University of Coimbra, Portugal).

9. Sports spectacles, uniformities and the search for identity in late modern Japan: Wolfram Manzenreiter (Vienna University).

10. Deep play: Sports mega–events and urban social conditions in the U.S.A: Kimberly Schimmel (Kent State University, U.S.A.).

11. Olympic Urbanism and Olympic Villages: Planning strategies in olympic host cities, London 1908 – London 2012: Francesc Muñoz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).

Notes on contributors.


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"Issues and concerns––globalization, urbanism, security, public policy, the media, economic impact––are well referenced. This book will serve those interested in how sport intersects with cultural studies, economics, and sociology worldwide... Recommended."
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