Sustainability as Global Norm: The Greening of Mega-Events in China

A.P.J. Mol, L. Zhang

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Abstract

This volume explores sports mega-events, their social, political, and cultural characters, the value systems that they inscribe and draw on, the claims they make on us and the claims the organisers make for them, the spatial and ethical relationships they create, and the responses of civil societies to them. Our premise is that sports mega-events are not simply sporting or cultural phenomena. They are also political and economic events, characterised by the generation and projection of symbolic meanings -- most obviously over the nature of statehood, economic power, and of collective cultural identity -- and by social conflict, especially over land use, and over the extent and contours of public spending commitments. Because of their peculiar spatial and temporal organization, they raise questions about the relationships between global cultural and economic flows and particular local and national spaces. Because of their evolutionary characteristics, they ask us to consider not simply the time of the event but of the effects of the event on the long-term direction, implementation, and consequences of public policy
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOlympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies: Globalization, Environment, Resistance
EditorsG. Hayes, J. Karamichas
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave
Pages126-150
Number of pages312
ISBN (Print)9780230244177
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameGlobal Culture and Sport Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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    Mol, A. P. J., & Zhang, L. (2011). Sustainability as Global Norm: The Greening of Mega-Events in China. In G. Hayes, & J. Karamichas (Eds.), Olympic Games, Mega-Events and Civil Societies: Globalization, Environment, Resistance (pp. 126-150). (Global Culture and Sport Series). Palgrave. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=392222