Events such as the Olympics and the World Cup are important sporting experiences for a large part of the world’s population and Rahul Oka’s Article on Anthropology-news.org was not the first time I heard about the negative effects of sporting events on host cities. The area right now that stands out, by being hit by two major sporting events within a few short years of each other is Brazil. Brazil hosted the FIFA world cup in 2014 (Oka, n.d.), and will be hosting the 2016 summer Olympics which is coming up in little over a year. This article describes how there seems to be a belief that the income from these games will be considerably high however this quote supports how this is indeed untrue: “The overall costs of hosting for many of these nations went far beyond initial estimates but both the short-term gains from tourism and long-term gains from trade and foreign investment either fell fall short of or were/are not as dramatic as the expectations” (Oka, n.d.). With this knowledge, hearing rumors about Boston potentially being a future site for the Olympics worries me. There seems to be a great lack of knowledge about how these issues will be resolved as future games continue to be planned and prepared for in other cities. The availability of anthropology in this situation would provide opportunities to obtain more information on the negative effects of these sports games and would possibly create some ideas on how to better approach them.
Oka, Rahul. “The Spectacle and Hidden Costs of Global Sporting Events”. Anthropology-news.org. Anthropology News, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/01/30/the-spectacle-and-hidden-costs-of-global-sporting-events/>.
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For further ideas: These issues could be connected back to the idea of Structural Violence which was mentioned to me by my TA: Kimberley Hurst. http://www.structuralviolence.org/structural-violence/