(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Resisting urban spectacle : the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and the contradictions of mega events

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GOTHAM K.F. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Sociology, Tulane Univ., New Orleans, ETATS-UNIS


The paper examines the planning and staging of the 1984 Louisiana Exposition, the last world's fair in the USA. It makes comparisons with other US world's fairs, to provide into the sources of opposition and resistance to urban spectacles. It advances a conception of mega events as spectacles of contestation that embody contradictory tendencies and articulate conflictual and opposing meanings of urban space and reality. Through a critical interrogation of te Debordian concept of spectacle, the analysis suggests a new theory of mega events as sites of struggle and articulators of political dissent


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 48, no1 [pp. 197-214]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 tabl.



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