National Identity and Global Sports Events: Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Olympics and the Football World Cup [NOOK Book]

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National Identity and Global Sports Events looks at the significance of international sporting events and why they generate enormous audiences worldwide. Focusing on the Olympic Games and the men's football (soccer) World Cup, the contributors examine the political, cultural, economic, and ideological influences that frame these events. Selected case studies include the 1936 Nazi Olympics in Berlin, the 1934 World Cup Finals in Italy, the unique case of the 1972 Munich Games, the transformative 1984 Games in Los ...
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National Identity and Global Sports Events: Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Olympics and the Football World Cup

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Overview

National Identity and Global Sports Events looks at the significance of international sporting events and why they generate enormous audiences worldwide. Focusing on the Olympic Games and the men's football (soccer) World Cup, the contributors examine the political, cultural, economic, and ideological influences that frame these events. Selected case studies include the 1936 Nazi Olympics in Berlin, the 1934 World Cup Finals in Italy, the unique case of the 1972 Munich Games, the transformative 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and the 2002 Asian World Cup Finals, among others. The case studies show how the Olympics and the World Cup Finals provide a basis for the articulation of entrenched and dominant political ideologies, encourage persisting senses of national identity, and act as barometers for the changing ideological climate of the modern and increasingly globalized contemporary world. Through rigorous scholarly analyses, the book's contributors help to illuminate the increasing significance of large-scale sporting events on the international stage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791482483
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Tomlinson is Professor of Leisure Studies, Area Leader for Sport and Leisure Cultures, and Head of Chelsea School Research Centre at the University of Brighton. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Game’s Up: Essays in the Cultural Analysis of Sport, Leisure, and Popular Culture.

Christopher Young is University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Pembroke College. He is the coauthor (with Thomas Gloning) of A History of the German Language Through Texts.

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Table of Contents

1 Culture, politics, and spectacle in the global sports event - an introduction 1
2 The theory of spectacle : reviewing olympic ethnography 15
3 Italy 1934 : football and fascism 41
4 Berlin 1936 : the most controversial olympics 65
5 England 1966 : traditional and modern? 83
6 Mexico City 1968 : sombreros and skyscrapers 99
7 Munich 1972 : re-presenting the nation 117
8 Argentina 1978 : military nationalism, football, essentialism, and moral ambivalence 133
9 Moscow 1980 : Stalinism or good, clean fun? 149
10 Los Angeles 1984 and 1932 : commercializing the American dream 163
11 Barcelona 1992 : evaluating the olympic legacy 177
12 Sydney 2000 : sociality and spaciality in global media events 197
13 Korea and Japan 2002 : public space and popular celebration 215
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