Policing the 2012 London Olympics : Legacy and Social Exclusion
(Routledge Advances in Ethnography)
213 p. 24 cm.
Offers the first critical urban ethnography of the area around the Olympic community in Stratford, East London.
The summer Olympic Games are renowned for producing the world's biggest single-city cultural event. While the Olympics and other sport mega-events have received growing levels of academic investigation from a variety of disciplinary approaches, relatively little is known about how such occasions are experienced directly by local host communities and publics. This ethnography examines the everyday policing of the London Borough of Newham in relation to the London 2012 Olympics. It explains how police defined, monitored, prioritized, contained and investigated 'Olympic-related' crime, and how 'Olympic-related' policing connected to the policing of Newham. The authors examine how the threat of terrorism impacted on the everyday policing of the 2012 Olympics, as well as the exaggeration of other threats to the Games - such as youth gangs - for political reasons. The book also explores local resistance to Olympic policing, and the legacy of the Games with regard to policing, local housing, demographics and social exclusion. Discussing the lessons that can be learned for the future staging of sporting mega-events, this book will appeal to scholars and students with interests in sport, policing, crime and criminology, mega-events, event management, urban studies, global studies and sociology.
Table of Contents
1. Policing and Olympic Newham 2. Newham: A Brief History of 'the Gash' 3. Youth as an Olympic Threat 4. Contested Domains: Shopping and Enforcement 5. Pre-Event Police Planning: 'Table Top' Exercises 6. Policing the Boundaries: The Heart of the Olympics in Newham 7. The Opening Ceremony: Police Strategies 8. Stratford's Big Sports Day: The Games 9. Policing the Olympic Borough during Games Time 10. Post-Olympic Policing: Practice and Legacy 11. Post-Olympic Newham: A Postscript