Mega-Events and Modernity: Olympics and Expos in the Growth of Global Culture

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Part 2

Mega-events and the growth of global culture

The discussion in Part 1 provides a basis from which to address three key dimensions of the two main contemporary mega-event genres, expos and Olympics. Thus Part 2 explores the urban, media and global dimensions of contemporary mega-events, particularly the Olympics. A connecting theme in this discussion, as in Part 1, is that of citizenship. Thus one of the main concerns of Part 2 is to begin to understand the implications of the three mega-event dimensions under scrutiny—the urban, the mediated and the global—for the theory and practice of cultural citizenship in the contemporary period. The three mega-event dimensions and their implications are discussed in succession in Chapters 5, 6 and 7 which deal, respectively, with urban, media and global aspects of the contemporary mega-event phenomenon.

Each of the mega-event dimensions has its origins in the periods and the factors considered in Part 1. So there are continuities as well as discontinuities to consider throughout Part 2. However, the combination of the urban and the media dimensions of the Olympic mega-event in the 1980s and 1990s has created a new, complex and uncertain situation for the Olympic movement involving both positive and negative dynamics and possibilities. We discuss some of the key city-based and media-based problems for the staging of Olympic Games events at the end of each of the relevant chapters, 5 and 6. In addition, the problems they pose, both independently and in combination, for the Olympic movement, as the leading mega-event movement of our period, are considered in Chapter 7 in relation to issues of ‘global citizenship’.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations viii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • Part 1 - Mega-Events and the Growth of International Culture 31
  • Part 2 - Mega-Events and the Growth of Global Culture 123
  • Bibliography 254
  • Press Articles 269
  • Author and Name Index 271
  • Subject Index 276
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