The Geographical Journal

Cover image for Vol. 180 Issue 3

Edited By: Klaus Dodds

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 20/76 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1475-4959

Associated Title(s): Area, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Security and Surveillance at Mega Events


In the post-9/11 context of the ‘war on terror’, sport mega events have been increasingly configured around perceptions of heightened local, national and international security concerns. In turn, such practices exert a range of spatial, social, cultural and political impressions on the urban spaces that host them. Drawing on empirical data of security practices at sport mega events hosted on three continents, the papers of this collection touch on a very wide range of themes and issues, relating to at least three broad levels of analysis: the (1) complex spatial imprints and articulations of sport mega-event security; the (2) mediating rationalities, actor networks and driving forces underpinning event security; and the (3) socio-spatial implications and legacies of the security and surveillance apparatus deployed at the events. Together, the three levels add both empirical depth and theoretical nuance to our understanding of how sport mega-event security, in its logics, functioning and implications, interacts with the host cities of the events.

Professor Pete Fussey, University of Essex
Assistant Professor Francisco Klauser, Université de Neuchâtel

Editorial: Securitization and the mega-event
Fussey and Klauser

The uneven geographies of the Olympic carceral: from exceptionalism to normalisation
Jon Coaffee

Command, Control and Contestation: negotiating security at the London 2012 Olympics
Pete Fussey

Interacting forms of expertise and authority in mega-event security: the example of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
Francisco R Klauser

The geo-historical legacies of urban security governance and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Adam Molnar

Security, surveillance and geographical patterns at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg
Chiara Fonio ITSTIME and Giovanni Pisapia