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Mega-Events and Globalization : Capital and Spectacle in a Changing World Order (Hardcover)

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Since the turn of the twenty first century, there has been a trend for urban "mega events" to be awarded to cities and nations in the East and Global South. Such events have been viewed as economic stimulant as well as opportunities to promote national identity, gain greater international recognition and exercise a form of 'soft power.' However, there has also been on-going controversy about the value, impact and legacy of global mega events in these cities and nations.

This book provides a critical examination of the ambition for spectacle that has emerged across the East and Global South. The chapters explore the theoretical and conceptual issues associated with mega-events and new forms of globalization, from the critical political economy of mega-events in a changing world order to the contested social and economic legacies of mega-events and the widespread opposition that increasingly accompanies these events. The book also explores questions of urban development and governance, the role of new communications technologies in global economic expansion, the high security State, and the growing global influence of international non-governmental organizations.

This book offers a rich collection of original theoretical contributions and global case studies from leading international scholars from the social sciences and humanities. It offers a fresh and unique interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes cutting edge research on mega-events and urban spectacles while simultaneously contributing to a broader understanding of the dynamics of global capitalism and international political power in the early twenty first century.

Since the turn of the twenty first century, there has been a trend for urban "mega events" to be awarded to cities in the East and Global South. Such events have routinely been viewed as economic stimulants, yet there has also been on-going controversy about the value, impact and legacy of global mega events in these nations.

The book examines the ambition for spectacle that has emerged from these nations. The chapters explore the theoretical and conceptual issues associated with this trend, from the critical political economy of mega-events in a changing world order to the social issues and contested legacies of mega-events in the East and Global South. This book also explores questions of governance, corporate power and the State; in recent years there has been a power shift away from local and regional governance towards increased powers of corporate bodies with no formal relationship to state or political accountability. This book also considers living the mega-events, from celebration to opposition and resistance.

This book offers a rich and diverse collection of original contributions and global case studies from leading international scholars from the social sciences and humanities. It offers a unique blend of critical analyses to synthesize cutting edge research on mega-events and urban spectacles while simultaneously contributing to a broader understanding of the dynamics of global capitalism and international political power in the early twenty first century.

Number of Pages: 233
Genre: Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Sociology / Urban, Globalization
Series Title: Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: November 2, 2015
TCIN: 21512598
UPC: 9781138805613
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0976

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