Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: A Visual Presentation of Security in the Pre-event Phase

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Adam Aitken


For the overall success of any mega event it is important that security measures are embedded through all stages, from the initial planning and design onto the aftermath and legacy. Yet, discussions around the security measures for the Olympics, FIFA World Cup or Commonwealth Games have tended to focus on the periods immediately before, during and after the main event, not many months or years in advance of it.

This paper uses photographs and semi-structured interview data with security planners and secondary focus group data with local residents in order to identify and discuss the events linked securitisation and regeneration of the east end of Glasgow in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Using Images of particular elements of security which were in place long before the arrival of the games, the interconnected nature of security and urban regeneration in the pre-event phase is identified, where aspects of security in anticipation for the games and its aftermath, are integrated and normalised into the everyday environment. 

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Aitken, A. (2018). Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: A Visual Presentation of Security in the Pre-event Phase. Visual Methodologies, 6(1), 1 - 24. Retrieved from
Author Biography

Adam Aitken, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Adam is a lecturer in Criminology at De Montfort University. His thesis, conducted at the University of Glasgow, titled, 'G2014: The Security Legacy', looked at the impact of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games security and policing operation on the local community of Dalmarnock in Glasgow's east end.  


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