Post-Olympism?: Questioning Sport in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Berg Publishers
The Olympic ideal and the Olympic Games stand as symbols of global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through the medium of sports. However, throughout the twentieth century, Olympic rhetoric was often confronted by a different reality. The Games have regularly been faced by crises that have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Given the many changes that have occurred in the Olympic Games during the past century it seems reasonable to ask if this global event has a future and, if so, what form it might take. With this larger issue in mind, the authors of Post-Olympism ask probing questions about the following:the infamous 1936 Olympicsthe effect of new technologies on the Gamesthe future impact of the 2008 Beijing Games on China and of China on the Olympicsthe local and regional impact of the Sydney green Olympicsthe Games and globalizationDisneyficationracismdrug abuseThe book provides a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics and will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the Games.
About the Author
John Bale Visiting Professor of Sports Studies,University of Aarhus, Denmark and Professor of Sports Geography, Keele University Mette Krogh Christensen Assistant Professor in Sports Studies, Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus
Table of Contents
The Future of Multi-Sport Mega EventsRichard Cashman * Troping Aloning: A Historian's View of Olympic ScholarshipDouglas Booth * Citius, Altius, Fortius: A Critique and a ReinterpetationSigmund Loland * "What's the Difference between Propaganda for Tourism or for a Political Regime?" The 1936 Olympics in World PerspectiveArnd Krüger * Accelerating Olympism: The Poetics and Problematics of Nano, Virtual, and Cyborg Sport TechnologiesSynthia Sydnor * The Aesthetic Dimensions of SportSoren Damkjaer * Drugs and the Olympics in the Context of AestheticsVerner Moller * Olympic Legacies: Sport, Space and the Practices of Everyday LifeDouglas Brown * Olympism, Post-Humanism and the Spectacle of RaceBen Carrington * China and OlympismSusan Brownell * The Global, the Popular and the Inter-Popular: Olympic Sport between Market, State and Civil SocietyHenning Eichberg * Laying Olympism to RestKevin Wamsley * Sportive Nationalism in an Age of GlobalizationJohn Hoberman * Making the World Safe for Global Capital? The Sydney 2000 OlympicsHelen Lenskyj * The Disneyfication of the Olympics: Selling the SpectacleAlan Tomlinson