Mega-events, glocalisation and urban legacy
London as an event city and the 2012 Olympics
in Mega-events and social change
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The city of London has a long experience of staging great events, including mega-event genres, though to the contemporary period. This chapter looks briefly at some of the history of London's major events in the modern era. It focuses on the particular case of the London 2012 Olympics and its impacts and legacies. The chapter introduces the general policy and planning context and aims of the Olympic project, particularly in relation to its long-term social and sport policy goals and aspirations. It presents in more detail at the project's directly social aspects and legacies, in terms of such things as the construction of housing and of the Olympic Park. It also looks into the Olympic project's indirectly social character in terms of its economic and employment impacts and legacies, particularly in terms of the cultural and creative industries.

Mega-events and social change

Spectacle, legacy and public culture

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