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Title: The socio-political construction of terrorist threat in post 9/11 Olympic environment
Author: Kontaxi, Zoe
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2011
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The present research investigates the socio-political factors that have transformed the post 9/11 Olympics into a 'top priority', 'the biggest security challenge since the WW II' or even an 'inevitable' terrorism target. By using a constructivist approach, our research explores the Olympics' vulnerability to terrorism and the reasons for governments' preoccupation with the emergent Olympic security transformation and planning at an international level. The terrorist attacks on America on 11 September, 2001 informed the prevalent discourse of terrorism within the Olympic mega event and propagated the need for increased Olympic security planning and management. Although there were some attempts from previous researches to interpret the Olympics risks and governments' tendency to secure the Olympics with high precautionary measures, it seems that there was no similar research that has internalised criminological and sociopolitical concepts of security within Olympic environment. One of the most significant contributions of the current research is the Olympics' periodisation, as well as, the investigation of their vulnerability to terrorism from their early lifetime. Through the Olympics' sociopolitical periodisation, it becomes evident that the Games were always vulnerable to international politics and diplomacies. They constituted a means of diffusing the ideologies of a homogenised western culture and politicised concepts and structures of 'one world'. While, their historical background provides a panoramic view of their political and ideological role, it shows further that the urgency of the 'new' security challenges reflects a wider sense of insecurity and vulnerability that defines contemporary society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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