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Language relativity in legacy literature: a systematic review in multiple languages

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posted on 25.11.2021, 10:09 by Ji Wu, Madeleine OrrMadeleine Orr, Kurumi Aizawa, Yuhei Inoue
Since the Olympic Agenda 2020, legacy has been widely used as a justification for hosting the Olympic Games, through which sustainable development can be achieved for both events and host cities. To date, no universal definition of legacy has been established, which presents challenges for legacy-related international knowledge transfer among host cities. To address this gap, a multilingual systematic review of the literature regarding the concept of legacy was conducted in French, Japanese, Chinese, and English. Using English literature as a baseline, points of convergence and divergence among the languages were identified. While all four languages value the concept of legacy as an important facet of mega-events, significant differences were found within each language. This finding highlights the importance of strategies that align different cultures when promoting sustainable development of some global movements such as the Olympic legacy. Sport management is replete with international topics, such as international events and sport for development, and each topic is studied simultaneously in several languages and with potentially differing frameworks and perspectives. Thus, literature reviews that examine the English literature, exclusively, are innately limited in scope. The development of partnerships and resources that facilitate cross-lingual and cross-cultural consultation and collaboration is an important research agenda. More research is needed on knowledge translation across languages.

Funding

National Social Science Fund of China, grant number 19AYT007

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

13

Issue

20

Publisher

MDPI

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

10/10/2021

Publication date

2021-10-14

Copyright date

2021

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Madeleine Orr. Deposit date: 24 November 2021

Article number

11333