Embedding mega-events
Staging spectacles in changing cities
in Mega-events and social change
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This chapter discusses the nature of the material spectacles connected with mega-events. It begins by recognising and exploring the importance of the 'material spectacle' aspect of mega-events throughout their history over the course of the modernisation process. Mega-events like Olympics and Expos evidently involve performative spectacle of various kinds. The early Expos contributed 'physical legacies' of various kinds to the long-term development of central areas of their host cities, even if only in intermittent and unsystematic ways. The chapter provides some historical information about the relation between, on the one hand, host cities and, on the other hand, mega-events and the material spectacles often associated with them for the 1850-1970 period. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic movement began to get interested in the various possible legacies of Olympic Games events, including tangible legacies for the host city, in the 1990s.

Mega-events and social change

Spectacle, legacy and public culture

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