Surveillance, Security and Sporting Mega Events: Toward a Research Agenda on the Organisation of Security Networks

Whelan, Chad 2014, Surveillance, Security and Sporting Mega Events: Toward a Research Agenda on the Organisation of Security Networks, Surveillance & Society, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 392-404.

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Title Surveillance, Security and Sporting Mega Events: Toward a Research Agenda on the Organisation of Security Networks
Author(s) Whelan, Chad
Journal name Surveillance & Society
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 392
End page 404
Total pages 13
Publisher Surveillance Studies Network
Place of publication Kingston Ont.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1477-7487
Summary Surveillance and security at sports mega events have been the subject of considerable scholarly attention. Events such as the Olympic Games and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cups have become occasions of almost unparalleled economic, political and social significance. In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, scholars have examined issues such as the ‘security legacies’ of sports mega events, the infrastructures and technologies used in an attempt to secure these events, and the planning mentalities underpinning the staggering ‘security spectacle’ of these globally televised events. This paper deals with the subject of how surveillance and security practices at sports mega events are organised. It uses the emerging paradigm of ‘security networks’ to call attention to some important issues involving the entire ‘security assemblage’ that accompanies these mega events. The paper presents five levels of analysis—structural, cultural, policy, technological and relational—to examine these practices and documents several key areas for further research on sports mega events.
Language eng
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 810107 National Security
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060404

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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