Securing the Olympic Games: exemplifications of developments in urban security governance

  • Author / Creator
    Boyle, Philip
  • The Olympic Games are now characterized by overt displays of military personnel and hardware, the deployment of new surveillance technologies and policing techniques, and rapidly escalating budgets. Yet, most research on security at these urban events has been confined to the sociology of sport or the applied profession of sport management. This dissertation contextualizes the Olympic Games within current debates about security in the post-9/11 environment, and asks what the Games reveal about developments in security, surveillance, and urban governance. At the same time I also ask how the Olympics reinforce and extend these developments in socio-cultural ways. These questions are pursued through four analyses of different aspects of the Games: practices of socio-spatial regulation in Olympic host cities, ideas of resiliency and preparedness in urban governance, the performative dimensions of precautionary governance, and the production and globalization of security expertise. I conclude by suggesting that the Olympics provide a window into future directions in urban security governance.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Haggerty, Kevin (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Aitken, Rob (Political Science)
    • Penney, Steve (Law)
    • Whitson, David (Political Science)
    • Coaffee, Jon (University of Birmingham)
    • Clement, Dominique (Sociology)