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Exploring the use of large sporting events in the postcrash, post-welfare city: A ‘legacy’ of increasing insecurity?

Mooney, Gerry; McCall, Vikki and Paton, Kirsteen (2015). Exploring the use of large sporting events in the postcrash, post-welfare city: A ‘legacy’ of increasing insecurity? Local Economy, 30(8) pp. 910–924.

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Large-scale sporting events are a major part of urban policy and regeneration strategies in the UK and globally. These events court as much controversy and criticism from academics and community groups as they are coveted by local and national governments. While they claim to have lasting long-term benefits for the host cities, neighbourhoods and ergo residents, evidence shows that effects are often scant, oblique or, conversely, negative. This has new significance in the context of austerity. This paper offers original empirical evidence of the experiences surrounding the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. A series of diaries and focus groups with those living and working in the East End of Glasgow revealed hope of a positive impact on the East End, but this coincided with anxiety and feelings of exclusion around the Commonwealth Games 2014. It explores the current form that urban social policy takes in the post-crash, post-welfare context, as exemplified by the Commonwealth Games. The paper goes on to raise questions about the real winners of large sporting events.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1470-9325
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Territorial Stigmatisation and Everyday Lives in Glasgow's East EndNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: austerity; Commonwealth Games 2014; Glasgow; insecurity; urban policy; welfare
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 44488
Depositing User: Gerry Mooney
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 08:13
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 20:23
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