This edited book aims to capture the functioning of human rights and civil activism at the level of the relationships between the individual and the social, and in relation to abuses, contestations, and transformations. Chapters cover the ways human rights are denied, articulated, and not realised. Mega-events, either sporting or otherwise (e.g. Gay Pride), tend to be the focus of this inquiry, although there are important contributions on grassroots non-governmental organisations. Overall, a range of research methodologies are deployed; the chapters vary between using primary research, using commissioned research, and presenting theoretically grounded arguments. The tendency is towards approaches that capture the empirical, everyday experiences, e.g. ethnography, autoethnography, interviews, focus groups, and observation.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Leisure Studies.
Introduction - From promotion to protection: human rights and events, leisure and sport Jayne Caudwell and Darragh McGee
1. Understanding the denial of abuses of human rights connected to sports mega-events John Horne
2. Politics at play: locating human rights, refugees and grassroots humanitarianism in the Calais Jungle Darragh McGee and Juliette Pelham
3. The challenge of articulating human rights at an LGBT ‘mega-event’: a personal reflection on Sao Paulo Pride 2017 Ian R. Lamond
4. Configuring human rights at EuroPride 2015 Jayne Caudwell
5. Rethinking human rights: the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, LGBT protections and the limits of cosmopolitanism Judy Davidson and Mary G. McDonald
6. Human rights abuses at the Rio 2016 Olympics: activism and the media Adam Talbot and Thomas F. Carter
7. The right to adequate housing: evictions of the homeless and the elderly caused by the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Naofumi Suzuki, Tetsuo Ogawa and Nanako Inaba
8. Mega-sporting events and children’s rights and interests – towards a better future Suzanne Dowse, Sacha Powell and Mike Weed
9. Exploring the economic, social and cultural rights of youth leaders working in Sport for Development initiatives at grassroots level in South Africa E. Van der Klashorst