Ensuring Safety at Australian Sport Event Precincts: Creating Securitised, Sanitised and Stifling Spaces?

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Title Ensuring Safety at Australian Sport Event Precincts: Creating Securitised, Sanitised and Stifling Spaces?
Author Taylor, Tracy; Toohey, Kristine Margaret
Journal Name Urban Studies
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Since 9/11, pervasive concerns about public safety have irrevocably changed the management of large sport events and these events are now under constant pressure to improve security. This empirical research contextualises contemporary safety issues associated with sport event hosting and locates security debates within the Australian sport event landscape. Public safety considerations, policies and legislation are explored through in-depth interviews with ten sport venue managers. Content analysis of newspaper articles related to the topic was used to formulate questions used in the interviews. Results indicate safety-related processes and practices are firmly based in compliance-driven risk management. Media coverage portrays a general public acceptance of significantly increased security and surveillance with only a few isolated stories reporting that the changes have compromised human rights and/or the sport spectator experience. Current Australian approaches to safety and security are politically and institutionally derived, and largely devoid of community consultation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098011422393
Volume 48
Issue Number 15
Page from 3259
Page to 3275
ISSN 0042-0980
Date Accessioned 2012-01-04; 2012-02-20T05:50:10Z
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42989
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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