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Revisiting the Olympic legacy

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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.

Keywords: DEVELOPMENT; EAST LONDON; LEGACY; NATION; OLYMPIC GAMES; PRIVATISATION; REGENERATION; SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266213806045674

Publication date: April 9, 2013

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