Mega Event Planning

The Employment Legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games

A Case Study of East London

Authors: Vadiati, Niloufar

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  • Offers an empirically detailed intervention into a debate that is, to a large extent, politically charged and driven by grand claims and far-reaching projections
  • Fills a gap in the mega event literature by examining the programmes, attempts and barriers to participation of local communities in deprived neighbourhoods, which has remained conspicuously absent from pertinent research to date
  • Provides valuable in-depth research in an empirical field (East London and its migrant communities) that is traditionally difficult to access
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This book offers a detailed account of the employment promises made to local East Londoners when the Summer Olympic Games 2012 were awarded to London, as well as an examination of how those promises had morphed into the Olympic Labor market jamboree from which local communities were excluded.
Regarding the global job market of London, this study provides a nuanced empirical view on how the world’s biggest mega event was experienced and endured in terms employment by its immediate hosts, in one of the UK’s poorest, most ethnically complex, and transient areas. The data has been collected through ethnographic observation and interviews with local residents, and expert interviews with the Olympic delivery professionals. Using Bourdieusian theory of contested capital, the findings provide an important bearing on the reproduction of inequality in the local labor markets of Olympic host cities.

About the authors

Dr. Niloufar Vadiati is research fellow at HafenCity University Hamburg, and consultant at Urbanistic Legacy GbR.

Reviews

“Niloufar Vadiati’s book is a much appreciated contribution to the literature of mega events’ influence on the life of the local target groups. Her ethnographic study of the employment legacy for East London’s local neighborhoods brings the Olympic legacy rhetoric down to earth. The employment experiences at the Olympic locations is an under-researched topic. This study shows that career opportunities for the locals were limited, and for many out of reach.” (Prof. Jon Helge Lesjø, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

“In focussing on employment and the Olympic “legacy” in east London, Niloufar Vadiati‘s book makes a distinctive and important contribution to the academic literature on the 2012 London Games and to the study of mega-events in general.” (Prof. Paul Watt, Birkbeck, University of London)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-0597-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Employment Legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of East London
Authors
Series Title
Mega Event Planning
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0598-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0598-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0597-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 139
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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