Carleton Researcher Releases New Book on the Impact of the Olympics on Vulnerable Communities

Carleton University’s Jacqueline Kennelly, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, recently released a new book called Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies.

Olympic games are sold to the residents of host cities on the basis of commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do they fall victim to increased policing and evaporating social assistance?

Kennelly’s book answers these questions through an original study of young people living in the shadow of Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.

The study explores the tension between promises made and lived reality. It offers a rich and complex account of marginalized young people’s experiences as they navigate the possibilities and contradictions of living in a host city. Their stories illustrate the limits to the promises made by Olympic bidding and organizing committees and raise important questions about the ethics of public funding for such mega-events.

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