Telling the Olympic Legacy Story – an Ethnographic Approach – Japan Visit


Telling the Olympic Legacy Story – an  ethnographic  approach   Phil Cohen 

For seven years prior to the London 2012 Games I carried out ethnographic research with local communities most directly affected by the creation of a new Olympic Park In East London. Subsequently I carried out a further round of research  into the local  impact of the 2012 Legac


y.n my presentation I will  identify some of the key issues of  social theory, research methodology , and public policy  that emerged from this research and draw out its implications for researchers who are currently engaging with   Tokyo 2020.  I will  also draw on this longitudinal study to consider the role which ethnographic methods can play in creating and sustaining a platform of public participation and dialogue around the Olympics and their community impact, especially in relation to processes of  gentrification . This will focus on work recently carried out  with residents moving  in the ex-Olympic  Village in East London and an on- going project to build a heritage trail in Queen Elisabeth OIympic Park. I will conclude by looking critically  the official Olympic audit strategy and argue that an ethnographically grounded approach to the evaluation of mega  events is much appropriate.

Tokyo  Olympics Conference  Further information from Professor Yoshihiko Onuma Japan Women’s University :  email