This article is based on a cross-national qualitative study of homeless and street-involved youth living within Olympic host cities. Synthesizing a Lefebvrian spatial analysis with Debord's concept of 'the spectacle', the article analyses the spatial experiences of homeless young people in Vancouver (host to the 2010 Winter Olympics) and draws some comparisons to London (host to the 2012 Summer Olympics). Tracing encounters with police, gentrification and Olympic infrastructure, the article assesses the experiences of homeless youth in light of claims made by Olympic proponents that the Games will 'benefit the young'. By contrast, the authors argue that positive Olympic legacies for homeless and street-involved young people living within host cities are questionable.

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Keywords Debord, global cities, homelessness, Lefebvre, Olympics, police, poverty, youth
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511413425
Journal Sociology
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Kennelly, J.J, & Watt, P. (Paul). (2011). Sanitizing public space in olympic host cities: The spatial experiences of marginalized youth in 2010 vancouver and 2012 London. Sociology, 45(5), 765–781. doi:10.1177/0038038511413425