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Five rings: enclosing the London 2012 Olympic Games

Gardner, J; (2013) Five rings: enclosing the London 2012 Olympic Games. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology , 23 (1) , Article 9. 10.5334/pia.427. Green open access

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Abstract

Considering the successive iterations of the fence surrounding the London 2012 Olympic site in Stratford, east London, I demonstrate that during the five periods of enclosure considered, these boundaries have highlighted the London Games’ contested past, present, and future. An examination of the material and discursive constructions of each of these boundaries shows the Janus-faced nature of their relationship to the wider ‘mega-event’. I conclude that though the purpose of such enclosures may initially seem obvious, in actuality they, as parts of a wider assemblage, can act unpredictably both to support and challenge the Olympic brand and its existence in this part of east London.

Type: Article
Title: Five rings: enclosing the London 2012 Olympic Games
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/pia.427
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pia.427
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1421418
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