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Sport under communism - Regeneration Games

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 25 July 2012

Advanced CCTV, security cordons and an £80 million pound electric fence: The security impact of the Olympics is already being felt in the London Borough of Newham. Security procedures are some of the most intense and developed in the world, designed to protect not only Olympic visitors but also future residents of the 40,000 new homes due to be completed by the end of the decade. Newham is one of the most impoverished areas in the country and the condition of its current residents stands in sharp contrast to the lives of people flooding into the borough for the Olympics. Laurie Taylor talks to Gary Armstrong about a large scale study of security, policing and the impact of the 'Regeneration Olympics' on the lives of the residents of Newham.
Also on the programme, Laurie speaks to Jonathan Grix about 'sport under communism' and why East Germany was, for two decades, one of the most successful nations in the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Dr Jonathan Grix

    Senior lecturer in Sport Politics and Policy at Birmingham University

    Sport Under Communism: behind the East German Miracle
    Mike Dennis (Author), Dr Jonathan Grix (Author)
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230227848
    ISBN-13: 978-0230227842

    The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDR
    Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
    ISBN-10: 0312235666
    ISBN-13: 978-0312235666

    Find out more about Jonathan Grix
  • Dr Gary Armstrong

    Reader in Sociology at the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, London

    Paper “The regeneration games: purity and security in the Olympic city”
    Pete Fussey, Jon Coaffee, Gary Armstrong, Dick Hobbs
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2012.01409.x
    The British Journal of Sociology
    Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 260–284, June 2012

    Find out more about Gary Armstrong



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