Surveilling And Securing The Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 To London 2012 And Beyond by Vida BajcSurveilling And Securing The Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 To London 2012 And Beyond by Vida Bajc

Surveilling And Securing The Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 To London 2012 And Beyond

EditorVida Bajc

Hardcover | December 17, 2015

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Surveillance and security have historically served as means by which to cope with the complexities of the Olympics and the uncertainties these generate. Based on empirically grounded analysis of fifteen Olympics starting with Tokyo 1964 and through London 2012, contributed by leading international researchers, the book develops the notion of security meta-ritual. This is a meta-level of framing which enables the organization and communication of security as the adjustable sieve that uses surveillance to select what is permitted to enter the world of Olympic spectacle. In this way, it creates highly controlled conditions under which the Olympics can be performed as planned and without disruption.
Vida Bajc is Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Flagler College, USA, and co-editor (with Willem de Lint) of Security and Everyday Life.
Title:Surveilling And Securing The Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 To London 2012 And BeyondFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023028955X

ISBN - 13:9780230289550


Table of Contents


Prologue. Olympic Surveillance as a Prelude to Securitization; Don Handelman


1. The Olympic Games as Complex Planned Event: Between Uncertainty and Order Through Security Meta-Ritual; Vida Bajc

2. On Security and Surveillance in the Olympics: A View from Inside the Tent; Richard Pound


3. Modernity and the Carnivalesque (Tokyo 1964); Christian Tagsold

4. Repression of Protest and the Image of Progress (Mexico City 1968); Kevin B. Witherspoon

5. Fear of Radical Movements and Policing the Enemy Within (Sapporo 1972); Kiyoshi Abe

6. "The Most Beautiful Olympic Games that Were Ever Destroyed" (Munich 1972); Jørn Hansen

7. "The Army's Presence Will Be Obvious" (Montreal 1976); Bruce Kidd

8. "To Guarantee Security and Protect Social Order" (Moscow 1980); Carol Marmor-Drews

9. Cross-National Intelligence Cooperation and Centralized Security Control System (Seoul 1988); Gwang Ok and Kyoung Ho Park

10. Platform for Local Political Expression and Resolution (Barcelona 1992); Stephen Essex

11. Audience-Spectator-Performer Interactions (Lillehammer 1994); Ingrid Rudie

12. National Special Security Event (Salt Lake City 2002); Sean P. Varano, George Burruss, Jr. and Scott H. Decker

13. Asymmetric Power Relations (Athens 2004); Anastassia Tsoukala

14. The Spatialities of Security and Control (Turin 2006); Alberto Vanolo

15. People's Olympics? (Beijing 2008); Gladys Pak Lei Chong, Jeroen de Kloet and Zeng Guohua

16. Promoting 'Civility', Excluding the Poor (Vancouver 2010); Jacqueline Kennelly

17. Public-Private Global Security Assemblages (London 2012); Joseph R. Bongiovi

Editorial Reviews

'With an uncanny capacity for a transversal analysis of a familiar subject - the competition to get the Olympics - Vida Bajc has produced a volume that keeps surprising us. This is a great read, comic and tragic items included.' - Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, USA, and author of Expulsions 'Surveilling and Securing the Olympics is a creative and ambitious work that leads to surprising and somewhat alarming insights into today's world system. By selecting key moments in the development of technologies and practices utilized to secure the world's most complex mega-event, the Olympic Games, this book essentially tells the story of the last half century of world history from a thoroughly novel perspective… The Olympics demand new levels of cooperation between different layers of government, from the local levels of the host city government all the way up to international security coalitions… The most thought-provoking aspect of the argument is that at the core of this development is not the rationality that is claimed in public statements, but a kind of ritual that plays on the human desire to control uncertainty and produce predictability in social behavior. This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of globalization by shedding light on a previously dark corner of the world system.' - Susan Brownell, Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA  'Starting from what might seem a minor issue - security - [this] book brilliantly uses it as a short-cut to get to the critical heart of the bureaucratic 'behemoth' called the Olympics. The Foucauldian strength of the book is to show how crucial surveillance and monitoring are to a hierarchy-building institution usually presented as ruled by a disembodied 'Olympic spirit', but in fact characterized by the management of three sorts of visibility: the visibility of spectacle, the visibility of surveillance, the visibility of monitoring.' - Daniel Dayan, Marcel Mauss Institute, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France