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Sports Mega-Events: Social Scientific Analyses of a Global Phenomenon

John Horne (Editor), Wolfram Manzenreiter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5290-7
212 pages
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.
  • A collection by leading international scholars examining sports mega-events, such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
  • Analyses the sociological, economic, and political significance of bids for, and the hosting of, sports mega-events.
  • Explores the costs and benefits incurred by host cities.
  • Focuses on both advanced and developing cities throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Australasia, and South Africa.
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    Acknowledgements.

    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.

    Index.

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    John Horne is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Leisure at the University of Edinburgh. He has published many articles and book chapters on sport, leisure and popular culture and is the author of Sport in Consumer Culture (2006) and co-author of Understanding Sport (1999, with Alan Tomlinson and Garry Whannel). He is the co-editor of Sport, Leisure and Social Relations (1987, Sociological Review Monograph No. 33, with David Jary and Alan Tomlinson), Japan, Korea and the 2002 World Cup (2002, with Wolfram Manzenreiter) and Football Goes East: Business, Culture and the People’s Game in China, Japan and Korea (2004, with Wolfram Manzenreiter). He has also edited two Leisure Studies Association publications: Leisure Cultures, Consumption and Commodification (2001) and Masculinities: Leisure Cultures, Identities and Consumption (2000, with Scott Fleming).

    Wolfram Manzenreiter is Assistant Professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Vienna University, where he lectures on modern Japanese society. His major research interests are concerned with the social and economic implications of sport and popular culture in contemporary Japan. He is author of several books and articles on popular culture, leisure and sport in Japan. Currently he is working on a new book entitled Sport and Nation in Japan. In addition to the co-edited volumes with John Horne, Football Goes East (2004) and Japan, Korea and the 2002 World Cup (2002), his recent works include the monographs The Social Construction of Japanese Mountaineering (2000), and Pachinko Monogatari: Japan's Gambling Industry (1998), both published in German.

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    • A collection by leading international scholars examining sports mega-events, such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.

    • Analyses the sociological, economic, and political significance of bids for, and the hosting of, sports mega-events.

    • Explores the costs and benefits incurred by host cities.

    • Focuses on both advanced and developing cities throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Australasia, and South Africa.
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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." Choice
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