The Olympic Games Explained / Edition 1

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Overview

An awesome festival of sporting excellence and competition, the Olympic Games have now evolved into a major international event with great cultural, political, economic and social importance.

The Olympic Games Explained is an introductory guide to the history and meaning of the four-yearly phenomenon that is the modern Olympic Games. The book provides a comprehensive overview of 'Olympism' from its Ancient
Greek origins through the beginnings of the International Olympic Committee to the global Olympic Movement in the twenty-first century.

Each chapter offers a range of study tasks and review questions to help students develop their understanding of key concepts in Olympic studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415346047
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Student Sport Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vassil Girginov is Senior Lecturer in Leisure and Sport Studies at the University of Luton. He is a founding member of the Bulgarian Olympic Academy. His research interests include the Olympic movement and Eastern European sport. Jim Parry is Senior Lecturer and former Head of the School of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is the founding Director of the British Olympic Academy and a consultant with the International Olympic Academy. He held the International Chair in Olympism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2003.

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Table of Contents

1 The idea of Olympism 1
2 The ancient Olympic Games 16
3 Revival of the modern Olympic Games 35
4 Britain in the Olympic movement 47
5 The Paralympic Games 62
6 The Olympics and the mass media 77
7 Olympic marketing 98
8 Economic and environmental impacts of the Olympic Games 117
9 Organising the Olympic Games 134
10 Olympic politics 153
11 Ethics of sport and Olympism 169
12 Drugs and the Olympic Games 185
13 Sport, art and the Olympics 200
14 Olympic education - celebrating the Olympics 216
15 Case studies 234
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