Ecological modernization and the Olympics: The case of golf and Rio’s 'Green' Games

Rob Millington, Simon Darnell, Bradley Millington

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Ecological modernization refers to the idea that capitalist-driven scientific and technological advancements can not only attend to the world’s pending environmental crises, but even lead to ecological improvement, thus allowing sustainability and consumption to continue in concert. In this paper, we examine ecological modernization at the confluence of environmentalism, international development and global sport. Through an analysis of golf and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we argue that golf’s return to the Olympic program is illustrative of a post-political approach to environmentalism, whereby ecological modernization is posited as a common-sense response to addressing matters of global climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science


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