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A clear-eyed, critical examination of the social, political, and economic costs of hosting the 2016 summer Olympics

The selection of Rio de Janeiro as the site of the summer 2016 Olympic Games set off jubilant celebrations in Brazil—and created enormous expectations for economic development and the advancement of Brazil as a major player on the world stage. Although the games were held without major incident, the economic, environmental, political, and social outcomes for Brazil ranged from disappointing to devastating. Corruption scandals trimmed the fat profits that many local real estate developers had envisioned, and the local government was driven into bankruptcy. At the other end of the economic spectrum, some 77,000 residents of Rio's poorest neighborhoods—the favelas—were evicted and forced to move, in many cases as far as 20 or 30 miles to the west. Hosting the games ultimately cost Brazil $20 billion, with little positive to show for the investment.

Rio 2016 assembles the views of leading experts on Brazil and the Olympics into a clear-eyed assessment of the impact of the games on Brazil in general and on the lives of Cariocas, as Rio's residents are known. Edited by sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, the other contributors include Juliana Barbassa, Jules Boykoff, Jamil Chade, Stephen Essex, Renata Latuf, and Theresa Williamson.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. 1 Introduction: "Welcome to Hell"
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  1. 2 The Olympics in the Twenty-First Century: Where Does Rio 2016 Fit In?
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 3 Brazil's Olympic Rollercoaster
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 4 Not Everyone Has a Price: How the Small Favela of Autódromo’s Fight Opened a Path to Olympic Resistance
  2. pp. 57-96
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  1. 5 Architecture and Urban Design: The Shaping of Rio 2016 Olympic Legacies
  2. pp. 97-120
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  1. 6 Strictly Confidential: Access to Information and the Media in Rio
  2. pp. 121-152
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  1. 7 Safety for Whom? Securing Rio for the Olympics
  2. pp. 153-178
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  1. 8 Green Games: The Olympics, Sustainability, and Rio 2016
  2. pp. 179-206
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  1. 9 The Economic Legacy of Rio 2016
  2. pp. 207-237
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815732464
Related ISBN
9780815732457
MARC Record
OCLC
1111391203
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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