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A ‘Big’ legacy? Evaluating volunteers’ experiences of London 2012 and beyond

Wilks, Linda (2015). A ‘Big’ legacy? Evaluating volunteers’ experiences of London 2012 and beyond. In: Poynter, Gavin; Viehoff, Valerie and Li, Yang eds. The London Olympics and Urban Development: The Mega-Event City. Regions and Cities. Routledge, pp. 270–282.

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This study aims to discover whether the Olympic experience transformed London 2012 volunteers into engaged citizens. The chapter was underpinned by the British government’s hope that Olympic volunteering may help with building a ‘Big Society’. The experiences of twenty London 2012 volunteers are structured into three phases, with data taken from their diaries and interviews. There is evidence of transformation in many of the participants’ lives and sense of self, with some experiencing clear turning points or rites of passage. It also seems that their London 2012 volunteering experience increased their community engagement in the widest sense.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 Linda Wilks
ISBN: 1-138-79494-5, 978-1-138-79494-8
Keywords: Olympics; volunteering; legacy
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Item ID: 43866
Depositing User: Linda Wilks
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:33
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