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Social justice and social sustainability of mega-event host communities
Tourism Hospitality & Events: Border Crossings & Inter-Connections Research Symposium (2017)
  • Seth Kirby
Abstract
This paper investigates some of the prevalent themes, challenges and distinct approaches concerning social justice and social sustainability of mega-event host communities. This paper will conceptualise, elucidate and interrogate some of the emerging paradigms of how social justice is being transformed by the hosting of mega-events. Moreover, it will present a case for how social sustainability issues can be addressed through the hosting of a mega-event, such as the Olympic Games. In the context of the delivery of the Rio Olympic Games new evidence has revealed that the diminishment of security and regulation has opened up and extended host urban civic spaces. This has contributed to a greater propensity of ‘live site’ host community spaces, event venues and public spaces in the host communities becoming increasingly fluid and democratic and less controlled.
Keywords
  • Host community,
  • mega-events,
  • tourism development,
  • social justice,
  • social sustainability
Disciplines
Publication Date
Summer May 24, 2017
Location
University of Sunderland
Citation Information
Kirby, S. I., (2017). Social justice and social sustainability of mega-event host communities. Tourism Hospitality & Events: Border Crossings & Inter-Connections Research Symposium. 24 May 2017, University of Sunderland, UK.