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Mega-events and Social Change : Spectacle, Legacy and Public Culture (Hardcover) (Maurice Roche)
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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. The book investigates the ways in which contemporary mega-events reflect, but also mark and influence, social changes in each of these three contexts.
Number of Pages: 329
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Social Science
Series Title: Globalizing Sport Studies
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Maurice Roche
Street Date: June 15, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-5245
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