Urban Politics of a Sporting Mega Event

Legitimacy and Legacy of Euro 2012 in Anthropological Perspective

  • Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska

Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska
    Pages 1-10
  3. Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska
    Pages 11-46
  4. Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska
    Pages 81-118
  5. Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska
    Pages 119-129
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 131-152

About this book


This book looks at the UEFA European Championship (Euro 2012) as both a crowning achievement of, and a way to sustain, the urban entrepreneurial strategy of Poznań, Poland. As the host city of the tournament almost 25 years after Poland’s transformation from a centrally planned to a market economy in 1989, the author focuses on how the local myths and traditions of resourcefulness were invoked to embed an entrepreneurial urban strategy. The book also observes how the very same tradition of resourcefulness was used by the opposition to challenge the urban policies. Contrary to the authorities' expectations, Euro 2012 triggered a discussion about the extent to which large business- and leisure-oriented urban strategy corresponds to local regime of value.

Urban Politics of a Football Mega Event will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of subjects, including anthropology, ethnography, sociology of sport, geography, history, political science and European studies.



UEFA European Championship 2012 Megaprojects Entrepreneurial urban strategy European Union Governance

Authors and affiliations

  • Małgorzata Zofia Kowalska
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ethnology and Cultural AnthropologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52104-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52105-3
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