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The Olympics: A Critical Reader

The Olympics: A Critical Reader
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780415445368
ISBN 10: 415445361
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2010-05-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $64.95

The Olympics: A Critical Reader represents a unique, critical guide to the definitive sporting mega-event and the wider phenomenon it represents — Olympism. Combining classic texts and thoughtful editorial discussion with challenging new pieces, including previously unseen material, the book systematically addresses the key questions in modern Olympism, including:

  • What does studying Olympism entail?
  • How do historical accounts create and challenge Olympic myths?
  • How do different theoretical perspectives inform our understanding of Olympism?
  • Which socio-political processes influence personal, collective and imagined Olympic identities?
  • How do we experience and make sense of Olympism?
  • Who owns Olympism and why does it matter?
  • How do cities compete for and celebrate the Olympics?
  • How are the Olympic values promoted?
  • Why is it important to protect the ethical principles and properties of Olympism?
  • What are the grounds for contesting Olympism?
  • How can Olympism be taught?
  • How can the principles and practices of Olympism be sustained in the future?

Each thematic part has been designed to include a range of views, including background treatment of an issue as well as critical scholarship, to ensure that students develop a well-rounded understanding of the Olympic phenomenon. The Olympics: A Critical Reader is essential reading for students of the Olympics and Olympism, the sociology of sport, sport management and cultural studies.