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Surveillance by Proxy: Sport and Security in a Modern Age

Hassan, David (2016) Surveillance by Proxy: Sport and Security in a Modern Age. American Behavioral Scientist, 55 . pp. 1-14. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0002764216632840


This article considers the growing emphasis countries hosting major sporting eventsplace on the implementation of security and counterterrorism measures and theimpact this approach has on the civil liberties of their citizens. From the seminal,and ultimately tragic, events of the Munich Olympics in 1972 until the most recentterrorist attack witnessed at a major sporting event—that which marred the closeof the Boston marathon of April 2013—this piece reflects on the full extent ofthe impact counterterrorism measures have had on the activities of wider society,including the creation of an abnormal host setting prior to and during the sportingevent in question, not to mention its legacy long after it has ended and focus is drawnto a new location. It suggests that there is a real danger that international sportingevents create a convenient setting within which the impositions of security measures,which are only marginally justifiable in the context of the event in question, continueto be unquestioningly implemented.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Sport, Terrorism, Security, Olympics, Politics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:33369
Deposited By: Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:23 Feb 2016 09:06
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:21

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