Major Sporting Events: Beyond the Big Two

1st Edition

John Harris, Fiona Skillen, Matthew McDowell

Routledge
Published February 27, 2018
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9781138571020 - CAT# Y382212
Series: Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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Summary

Sport has long been used as a tool for political gain and many major sporting events are now often framed as a panacea to help combat issues such as rising obesity rates, decreasing physical activity levels and wider urban decline. In reality though, fostering a temporary ‘feel-good factor’ is the most that many of these events can ever achieve even though a number are now sold on the popular rhetoric of legacy. Drawing upon a range of events and the work of international scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, this collection offers insights into the ways in which events outside of the big two are (re)positioned as part of the wider sporting landscape. The chapters originally published as a special issue in Sport in Society.

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