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Queen's University experts comment on the World Cup

2014-06-11

Security and surveillance expert David Murakami Wood (Sociology) and sports sociology expert Geoffrey Smith (Kinesiology, History) are available to discuss topics relating to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

David Murakami Wood

Expert Dr. Murakami Wood can’t see things in Rio de Janeiro staying quiet between the World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016.

“For all its care-free party reputation, Rio is a city with deep social divisions, and a powder-keg of frustrations. Whether or not the World Cup is played without incident, there's still a two-year run-in towards the Olympic Games and I can't see things staying quiet,” says Dr. Murakami Wood. “With 1,000 cameras, flying drones in the sky above, and a sophisticated 'smart city' control room, for the people of Rio de Janeiro, this is going to be a World Cup played under surveillance.”

Geoffrey Smith

Dr. Geoffrey suggests that there is a darker side to the World Cup, despite being arguably the most inclusive sporting event in the world.

“It's time to stop the world again and focus on the soccer pitch.  Arguably the most inclusive sporting event anywhere, the World Cup focuses the globe's attention.  Yes, millions, billions of people watch.   Work stops.  Alcohol intake increases,” says Dr. Smith. “Soccer is known as ‘the beautiful game,’ and in some regards it is.  But there is a darker side under the hoopla, a side that should trouble us greatly, a side that suggests how our culture has become one of bread, circuses, and inequality."

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