By I. Lindsay
The quadrennial summer season Olympic video games are popular for generating the world's largest single-city cultural occasion. This mega-event draws a reside viewers of hundreds of thousands, a tv viewers of billions, and generates fabulous scrutiny sooner than, in the course of, and after each one installment. this is often considering that underpinning the 17 days of extraordinary exercises is nearly a decade worthy of making plans, getting ready, and politicking. it really is in this decade that potential host towns needs to plan and win their bids earlier than embarking upon seven years of city upheaval and social transformation to be able to degree the world's top-rated wearing occasion. This ebook attracts on seven years of ethnographic inquiry round the London 2012 Olympics and contrasts the rhetoric and truth of mega-event supply. Lindsay argues that during its present new release the dual notions of helpful Olympic legacies and Olympic supply advantages for internet hosting groups are mostly incompatible.
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At times, this view appeared to be saturated with the belief that, here, one had little or no control over one’s own destiny. As Lefebvre argued, “Any ‘social existence’ aspiring or claiming to be ‘real’, but failing to produce its own space, would be a strange entity, a very peculiar kind of abstraction unable to escape from the ideological or even the ‘cultural’ realm. It would fall to the level of folklore and sooner or later disappear altogether, thereby immediately losing its identity, its denomination, and its feeble degree of reality” (1991, p.
The Youth Offending Team (YOT) caseload by ethnic group (December 2009—March 2010) showed that young black males made up the highest proportion of young offenders. The reality behind these statistics is addressed in the following section, which begins with a black youth (aged 17) involved in Newham-based Street Crime. Street Life: Day and Night Dichotomy As the demographics of the borough outlined earlier indicates, for the disaffected youth of Newham, life was bleak. ”17 This term denotes a segment of the (mostly) black American poor characterized by behavioral deficiencies and cultural deviance (Auletta 1982; Sawhill 1989; Wacquant 2008), although it has previously been applied to the British context (Murray 1990).
52). This theoretical perspective suited a definition of Newham as did the idea of it being for so many of its dwellers a “nonplace,” evidencing a “very peculiar type of abstraction” that aspired to be real but was incapable of creating a holistic identity (Lefebvre 1991, p. 53). As a whole, Newham was a place that lacked inclusion; but this absence was not feared because it was never missed. In this regard, Auge’s mechanisms of the “non-place”26 exemplified much of this borough. ” One might argue that such delivery only enhanced the sense of differentiation and strangeness.