The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games

The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games

by Kay Schaffer
     
 

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The Olympics at the Millennium offers groundbreaking essays that explore the cultural politics of the Games. The contributors investigate such topics as the emergence of women athletes as cultural commodities, the orchestrated spectacles of the opening and closing ceremonies, and the alternative sport culture offered via the Gay Games. Unforgettable eventsSee more details below

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The Olympics at the Millennium offers groundbreaking essays that explore the cultural politics of the Games. The contributors investigate such topics as the emergence of women athletes as cultural commodities, the orchestrated spectacles of the opening and closing ceremonies, and the alternative sport culture offered via the Gay Games. Unforgettable events and decisions are discussed: Native American athlete Jim Thorpe winning—and losing—his two gold medals in 1912. Why America was one of the few countries to actually send Jewish athletes to the “Nazi Olympics.” The disqualification of champion Ewa Klobukowska from competing as a woman, due to chromosomal testing in 1967.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813528205
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.85(d)

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