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Balancing local and global security leitmotifs: Counter-terrorism and the spectacle of sporting mega-events

Fussey, Pete and Coaffee, Jon (2012) 'Balancing local and global security leitmotifs: Counter-terrorism and the spectacle of sporting mega-events.' International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47 (3). pp. 268-285. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

<jats:p> This article considers the transferability of sporting mega-event strategies across time and place. In doing so, it presents a number of arguments highlighting the progressive global standardization of sporting mega-event counter-terrorism strategies comprising continually reproduced security leitmotifs. Such orthodoxies are drawn from a range of experiences at both sporting and non-sporting mega-events. By contrast to these globalized models, the terrorist threats they seek to counter are almost always rooted in diverse local settings. This convergence of sporting mega-event counter-terrorism strategies does not simply represent an uncritical imposition of an external framework of security, however. Instead, this article identifies and interrogates how sporting mega-event security planning is also tempered by a range of localized processes, including vernacular cultures of security and the scale of extant security infrastructures. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: counter-terrorism; knowledge transfer; mega-events; Olympic; security; terrorism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 21:16
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:55
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4816

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