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The framed and contested meanings of sport mega-event 'legacies': a case study of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

McKenzie, JA, Ludvigsen, JAL, Scott-Bell, A and Hayton, JW (2024) The framed and contested meanings of sport mega-event 'legacies': a case study of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. pp. 1-20. ISSN 1012-6902

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This article examines the ways in which envisioned sport mega-event legacies are publicly framed, communicated and contested. By employing Bourdieusian field theory, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) as a case, and drawing upon documentary and media analysis, this article questions how CWG 2022 legacies were framed in a pre-event context. The article makes two key arguments. First, dominant actors within the mega-event field framed a considerable part of their pre-event legacies in terms of intangible inclusivity legacies relating to the host city's local communities, workforce and volunteering practices. Second, alongside these framed legacies, counterclaims emerged from actors on a civil society level, illustrative of a wider scepticism toward mega-events’ effects in the present day. Whilst limited scholarship has examined CWG 2022 to date, this paper also advances scholarship on sport mega-events’ socio-political legacies whilst it, theoretically, unpacks Bourdieu's tools of ‘field’ and ‘doxa’ in a new context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services; 1608 Sociology; 2002 Cultural Studies; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 08:31
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 08:31
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/10126902241246145
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23178
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