Revisiting the Olympic legacy
Abstract:Explores the various ways in which the Olympic Games were enmeshed in rhetorics of competiveness, spectacle and private-sector led regeneration, and how this affects the Olympic legacy. Topics covered include the impact of the Olympics on sport participation; its model for East London regeneration, including a critique of 'convergence theory'; the wider development model of public subsidy and private profit; the portrayal of the British nation in the Olympic ceremonies; and the nature of the future Olympic Park; and there is also a critique of the way wildlife has been managed both within the Park and further down the River Lea, and of the whole relationship of the Olympic project to sustainability.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 9, 2013
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