Surveilling and Securing the Olympics

From Tokyo 1964 to London 2012 and Beyond

  • Vida Bajc

Part of the Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security book series (TCCCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Case Studies

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 399-420

About this book


Surveillance and security have historically served as means by which to cope with the complexities of the Olympics and the uncertainties these generate. Based on empirically grounded analysis of fifteen Olympics starting with Tokyo 1964 and through London 2012, contributed by leading international researchers, the book develops the notion of security meta-ritual. This is a meta-level of framing which enables the organization and communication of security as the adjustable sieve that uses surveillance to select what is permitted to enter the world of Olympic spectacle. In this way, it creates highly controlled conditions under which the Olympics can be performed as planned and without disruption.


Security Olympics mega-events sports sociology anthropology criminology London Beijing Vancouver Surveillance Athens Barcelona crime governance international relations Protest social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Vida Bajc
    • 1
  1. 1.Flagler CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57352-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-29069-4
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