Accepted paper:

Crisis and spectacle: concealing the cracks in the promise of post-industrial society

Authors:

Gillian Evans (University of Manchester)

Paper short abstract:

This paper analyses the Paris 2024 Olympic bid to show how the spectacle of the urban mega-event conceals the crises of post-industrial society in Europe.

Paper long abstract:

Through a comparative analysis of the evolution of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, this paper analyses how the spectacle of the urban mega-event conceals the crises of post-industrial society in Europe. The paper positions Paris as a post-industrial city, relative to other post-industrial cities in Europe, and shows how mega-events, which are premised on the absenting of industrial economic policy, provide the organisational infrastructure for the capital flows on which an idealised service economy depends.

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