Conclusion: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties

  • Tom Gibbons
  • Kevin Dixon


In this concluding chapter the sociological concept of diminishing contrasts, increasing varieties is used in order to fuse together the seemingly diverse issues raised by the contributors of the four case studies presented in Chapters 2–5. The chapter begins by briefly explaining the theoretical underpinnings and relevance of diminishing contrasts, increasing varieties before reviewing the main arguments presented in the preceding chapter contributions and sketching out key areas for future research emanating from each one. Finally, a summary of the main argument of this book regarding the controversial impact of London 2012 is provided.


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