New Book: Mega Events and Social Change

Really excited to announce Prof Maurice Roche’s new book ‘Mega Events and Social Change.’ Those of you who came to the symposium in September will recall that we got a sneak preview of this book so it is great to see we can now read it in full!

The publishers blurb…

The spectacle of major cultural and sporting events can preoccupy modern societies. This book is concerned with contemporary mega-events, like the Olympics and Expos. Using a sociological perspective Roche argues that mega-events reflect the major social changes which now influence our societies, particularly in the West, and that these amount to a new ‘second phase’ of the modernization process. Changes are particularly visible in the media, urban and global locational aspects of mega-events. Thus he suggests that contemporary mega-events, both in their achievements and their vulnerabilities, reflect, in the media sphere, the rise of the internet; in the urban sphere, de-industrialisation and the growing ecological crisis; and in the global sphere, the relative decline of the West and the rise of China and other ’emerging’ countries.

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