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The political economy of mega-events as spectacles in the Global East

Shin, Hyun Bang ORCID: 0000-0002-1103-9221 (2023) The political economy of mega-events as spectacles in the Global East. In: Aramata, Miyo, (ed.) Political Economy of the Tokyo Olympics: Unrestrained Capital and Development without Sustainable Principles. Routledge Contemporary Japan Series. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 30 - 48. ISBN 9781032352176

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781003325888-3


This chapter critically examines the recent experiences of hosting mega-events as spectacles in East Asia or the Global East, discussing the ways in which the Asian states have utilized the Olympic Games as spectacles to create a sense of unity and togetherness. In doing so, this chapter attempts to show how the analysis of mega-events needs to be extended beyond the city scale and how such an analysis involves the consideration of the life history of mega-events from their gestation to fruition on the one hand and the political economy of the host society on the other. The case studies of mega-events discussed herein include the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 [2021] Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The analysis of the political economy of these mega-events allows us to re-theorize mega-events as spectacles from the Global East.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author
Divisions: Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre
Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H50 - General
Date Deposited: 11 May 2023 14:27
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:20

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