Accumulation by Dispossession through Sports Mega-Events: The case of Vila Autódromo and the creation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Accumulation by Dispossession through Sports Mega-Events: The case of Vila Autódromo and the creation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park
Author(s) Olofsson, Kristoffer ; Peiteado Fernández, Vítor
Date 2014
English abstract
The theoretical framework of accumulation by dispossession allows for a critical examination of urban development projects within neoliberalism (Harvey, 2009; Swyngedouw, Moulaert & Rodriguez, 2002). Within the same neoliberal paradigm, sports mega-events have come to play a significant role for urban regeneration and policy-making (Hall, 2006). Meanwhile attending to the well-documented cases of mass-evictions and reduction of standard housing rights as a recurrent consequence of cities hosting such events (Blunden, 2012), we believe that such a critical examination is arguably important in order to do justice to these kinds of urban regeneration projects. In this paper we analyse, by a case study approach, how mega-events amplify and accelerate the process of accumulation by dispossession. We attend to the development of the Olympic Park and Olympic Village, Barra da Tijuca, in preparation for the Rio 2016 Games, as well as the neighbouring community of Vila Autódromo. By analysing different types of source material, we discuss how the mechanisms of privatisation and entrepreneurialism are reflected in our case; understood as two important mechanisms that facilitate the process of accumulation by dispossession (Harvey, 2009).
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 34
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) neoliberalism
accumulation by dispossession
entrepreneurialism
privatisation
mega-event
urban development project
eviction
informal settlement
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17474 (link to this page)

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