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Mega-events and globalization: capital and spectacle in a changing world order

Mega-events and globalization: capital and spectacle in a changing world order

Gruneau, Richard S., 1948- editor; Horne, John, 1955- editor

Since the turn of the 21st 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 text provides a critical examination of the ambition for spectacle that has emerged across the East and Global South

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Richard Gruneau and John Horne
ISBN: 1138067881, 9781138067882
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Originally published: 2016.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 233 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Series: Routledge research in sport, culture and society ; 52
Subject: Special events Social aspects.; Hosting of sporting events Social aspects.; Sports and globalization.; Sport.
Series Title: Routledge research in sport, culture and society ; 52.


  1. 1. Mega Events and Globalization
  2. A Critical Introduction Richard Gruneau and John Horne  
  3. PART I
  4. Creative Destruction, Modernization and Spectacular Capitalism 
  5. 2.  Beyond Bread and Circuses
  6. Mega-Events as Forces of Creative-Destruction Kevin Fox Gotham 3. Mega-Events, Media and the Integrated World of Global Spectacle James Compton  4. Modernization, Neoliberalism and Sports Mega Events
  7. Evolving Discourses in Latin America Simon Darnell and Rob Millington  5. Between Madiba Magic and Spectacular Capitalism
  8. The FIFA World Cup in South Africa Ashwin Desai  
  9. PART II
  10. States of Exception 
  11. 6. Mega-events and the City of Exception
  12. Theoretical Explorations of Brazilian experience Carlos Vainer  7. Mega-events, Urban Image Construction and the Politics of Exclusion Anne Marie Broudehoux  8.  Sochi 2014
  13. Politics, Economics, Spectacle, and Dissent Jules Boykoff 9. The World Cup, the Security State and the Colonized Other
  14. Reflections on Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and Qatar Grant Farred
  15. PART III
  16. Economies of Events and Experiences
  17.   10. The Urban Impacts of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Chris Gaffney  11. China meets Korea: the Asian Games, Entrepreneurial Local States and Debt-Driven Development Hyun Bang Shin.  12. Mega-Events of the Future
  18. The Experience Economy, the Korean Connection and the Growth of eSport Michael Borowy and Dal Yong Jin