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Mega-Events and Social Change: Spectacle, Legacy and Public Culture

Maurice Roche


This book analyses the biggest, most spectacular and at times most controversial types of events, namely ‘mega-events’, and particularly recent Olympics and Expos. In this respect it builds on the sociological, historical and empirical account of mega-events originally presented in Roche’s influential study ‘Mega-Events and Modernity’ (2000). This new book addresses how mega-events have changed in recent times. It argues that contemporary mega-events reflect the major social changes which now influence our societies, particularly in the West, and which amount to a new ‘second phase’ of the mod ... More

Keywords: mega-events, Olympics, Expos, spectacular events, sociological account, social changes, media aspects, urban aspects, global locational aspects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526117083
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526117083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Roche, author
University of Sheffield