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Mega-events and macro-social change
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This chapter outlines a sociological framework of ideas and terms of reference for exploring the deeper and broader contexts of social change relevant to the understanding of contemporary mega-events. It outlines a general conception of the social nature and inter-relationships of various types of media, how they have changed over the course of Western modernisation and how they have provided important deep social contexts for developments in mega-events. The chapter introduces general aspects of globalisation and also of capitalism which contemporary mega-events can be said to reflect and refract, and to mark and influence. It also introduces the global shift in mega-event locations which has been evident in the early twenty-first century. Globalisation emerged from the mid-1990s as an increasingly well-recognised phenomenon, much-commented upon in social-scientific discourses as well as public discourses.

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Mega-events and social change

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