1st Edition

Mega Events, Urban Transformations and Social Citizenship A Multi-Disciplinary Analysis for An Epistemological Foresight

    270 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides theoretical and empirical perspectives on the urban impact of mega-events globally. It takes mega-events as an instance to analyse urban transformations and their effects on citizenship.

    With contributions from leading scholars in the field, the book presents innovative and multidimensional analyses of mega-events with an international selection of case studies. The work provides a grounded theorisation of mega-events in the first part and scrutinizes its practices and processes in the second. Each chapter explores mega-events as crucial drivers and accelerators of urban and citizenship transformations. Rather than just focusing on a staged momentum, this book takes stock of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ that these events imply for the urban condition.

    This book will be of interest to students and scholars in urban studies, human geography, economics, architecture, planning, sociology, political science. It will also appeal to professionals and policy makers engaged in the planning, hosting and management of mega-events.

    Foreword: Mega-Events and Social Citizenship

    Katharyne Mitchell

    Introduction: "Mega-events as a logic: urban transformation and extended understanding of citizenship"

    Filippo Bignami, Niccolò Cuppini, and Naomi C. Hanakata

    Part I Theorizing mega-events on the ground

    1. What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes
    2. Martin Müller and David Gogishvili

    3. Flows, circulations, accumulations: Theorizing mega events
    4. Christopher Gaffney

    5. Mega-events and impact on social citizenship
    6. Deepa Kylasam Iyer and Francis Kuriakose

    7. A critical review of urban mega interventions as trendsetters of urban development practice
    8. Naomi C. Hanakata

    9. The evolution of Olympic Games governance
    10. Jean-Loup Chappelet

      Part II Mega-events’ practices and processes

    11. Mega-events and other disasters: Some evidence from Italy
    12. Samantha Cenere and Alberto Vanolo

    13. Impact and legacy of mega-events: The Young Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. The case of comuna 8
    14. Karina Bidaseca, Maura Brighenti, Bárbara Catalano, and Mariana Gómez Schettini

    15. The legacies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: Three facets of mega-events’ biopolitics
    16. Andrey Makarychev

    17. Urban Impacts of second-tier mega-events in the Global East: The European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi and Baku
    18. David Gogishvili and Suzanne Harris-Brandts

    19. The COP22 in the city of Marrakech: A catalyst for sustainable urban transformation?
    20. Mounia Slighoua, Soumia Guennoun, Sanae Kasmi, and Abderrahman Tenkoul

    21. Time, democracy, social and environmental justice in the urban fabrication of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games: What the mobilization of the inhabitants of Seine-Saint-Denis reveals
    22. Marianna Kontos

    23. From Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020: Urban citizenship, social transformation, and recovery
    24. Devena Haggis, Chungmi Lee, and Mihoko Takahashi

    25. The legacy of the politics of mega-events in Rio de Janeiro: The right to the city and struggles over urban citizenship
    26. Arturo di Bella

    27. "Built to host"? Built for whom? The LA2028 Olympics and urban exclusions
    28. Cerianne Robertson

    29. Mega-events as game changers for sustainable transitions and urban citizenship development: Beijing from 2008 to 2022

    Lei Zhang and Su Ming Ming


    Naomi C. Hanakata is Assistant Professor for Urban Planning at the National University of Singapore and co-founder of a research and planning practice in Singapore.

    Filippo Bignami is senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Department of Economics, Health and Social Sciences - LUCI (Labour, Urbanscape and CItizenship) research area.

    Niccolò Cuppini is lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) - LUCI (Labour, Urbanscape and CItizenship) research area.