Sport Mega-Events

Authored by: Wolfram Manzenreiter

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621


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Sport mega-events are high-profile and large-scale sport competitions of international, or more to the point, global significance that attract large audiences of both onsite spectators and media coverage followers (Horne and Manzenreiter 2006: 1; Tomlinson and Young 2006: 3). They are not just about sport, having assumed a key role in urban or regional place promotion and development strategies. Satisfying entrepreneurial interests as well as public developmental goals, they generate social collaterals extending far beyond the tournament itself (Cornelissen and Swart 2006: 108). They are multi-dimensional and multi-functional cultural performances, which include play, dramatic acting, ritual and ceremonial behavior (MacAloon 2006). Probably of most importance from a sociological perspective, however, is their significance for the collective imagination: they provide a stage for the display of collective achievements and the experiences of sharing and belonging.

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