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London's Olympic Legacy

The Inside Track


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Old World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gillian Evans
      Pages 3-17
    3. Gillian Evans
      Pages 19-50
    4. Gillian Evans
      Pages 51-73
    5. Gillian Evans
      Pages 75-100
  3. The New World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Gillian Evans
      Pages 103-127
    3. Gillian Evans
      Pages 129-150
    4. Gillian Evans
      Pages 151-179
    5. Gillian Evans
      Pages 181-205
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-241

About this book


This book provides a unique perspective on the behind the scenes planning of London's Olympic legacy. The author had unprecedented access to the legacy organisations, institutions, and individuals involved with the 2012 Games. This has allowed her, in a highly accessible and engaging style, to capture a sense of the unfolding drama as attempts were made in London to harness the juggernaut of Olympic development, and its commercial imperative, to the broader cause of meaningful post-industrial regeneration in East London. 

The book argues that London will become the test-case city against which the legacies of all future Olympic Games, and other sporting mega-events, will be judged. The author provides the first in-depth case study of a mega-event legacy planning operation, and sets out a constructive conclusion, which details the lessons to be learnt from London's experience. 

Exploring the relationship between mega event planning, and post-industrial urban regeneration, this book will appeal to scholars across Sociology, Sport and Olympic studies, Anthropology, Urban Studies and Geography as well as policymakers and practitioners in urban and sport planning. 


community London 2012 urban policy urban planning Olympic committee Olympic Park Legacy Company business sport politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social AnthropologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Gillian Evans is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on processes of change in the post-industrial cities of Britain. Her previous book, Educational Failure and Working Class White Children in Britain, explores the question of what it means to be working class in 21st century Britain.


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