Economies of Deviance: Sex Work and the Sport Mega-Event (SCRI Knowledge Transfer Paper)


In proposing a dissertation topic, I built from the sport for development literature to argue that (sport) event-led urban development could not be contained within or used to solely advance the socio-political economic agenda of the bourgeois, cosmopolitan class. Using this vantage point, I developed an interest in investigating the informal (sometimes viewed as deviant) economies located within host communities that seek to generate a profit from the influx of an international tourist market. These economies use the sport mega-event as a platform to either attract business or mobilize radically different cultural sensibilities. This interest led to an invitation to participate in an ongoing research collaborative with the Observatory of Prostitution at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) as a graduate student research assistant.

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Citation: De Lisio, A. (2017). Economies of Deviance: Sex Work and the Sport Mega-Event. Knowledge Transfer Paper: Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI). Sport Canada and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Available at (accessed 1 October 2017).