2012 London Olympics - Society on Steroids

Federica Barchetti, Silvia Castañer Huix, Kristoffer Holm, Mikas Lang, Mads Schicker Hartnack & Lea Mikkelsen Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project has examined the urban development, and conflicts over this, associated with the 2012 London Olympics and how the staging of this relates to general tendencies within the staging of the Olympics. It has been found that the Olympic Games of the last 30 years are generally organised in accordance with David Harvey's notions on entrepreneurialism in urban governance. Moreover, the Olympic Games have often entailed displacements of parts of the local population, in particular marginalised and underprivileged social groups, although in varying manners and numbers. The London Games place themselves in continuation of these tendencies as they too could be described as entrepreneurial and as they have also caused displacements of tenants, travellers and other underprivileged groups. The London Olympics have enabled the extraction of various kinds of monopoly rents by different actors. In addition, the London Olympics has been conducted in a state that has many similarities with Giorgio Agamben's notion of the state of exception; amounting to a partial suspension of democracy. This suspension has amongst other things made way for a privatisation of public space, in which it is uncertain if the Olympic legacy will benefit the local population as promised. There are signs of ongoing gentrification processes and it is uncertain whether the promised affordable housing units will in fact be affordable to local residents. This particular state of exception and the privatisation of public space has entailed an expansion of the capitalist class' right to the city and thus a reduction in the right of non-possessing classes.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jan. 2013
VejledereViggo Plum


  • Gentrification
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Olympics
  • London
  • Harvey
  • Agamben
  • Right to the City
  • Displacement