The Olympic Games have become a subject of major importance to students, academics, sports bodies, politicians, urban planners, and the public at large. The Olympic Rings are among the most recognised symbols in the world, and there are few other cultural phenomena that attract such a significant following in the popular media or such widespread support among the nations of the world. "Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games" draws together some of the world's leading scholars on critical issues emerging from ancient Olympic contests, and over one hundred years of modern Olympic history. A wide range of expertise permits the authors to address these issues from varied perspectives, while encompassing an in-depth assessment of the current literature and debates on the Olympics. This book will serve as an interdisciplinary resource for undergraduate and graduate students alike, as well as for the growing cohort of researchers interested in understanding and explaining the historical and sociological significance of the Games.
Table of Contents
Introduction: "Coubertin's Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth" (K.B. Wamsley, K. Young). Part I: The History and Development of the Olympic Games. From Olympia 776 BC to Athens 2004: The Origin and Authenticity of the Modern Olympic Games. (D. Young). The Olympic Games Experience: Origins and Early Challenges. (D. Brown). The Nazi Olympics of 1936. (A. Kruger). The Cold War Games. (C.R. Torres, M. Dyreson). Amateurism, High Performance Sport, and the Olympics. (H. Cantelon). Olympic Men and Women: The Politics of Gender in the Modern Games. (K.B. Wamsley, G. Pfister). International Politics and Olympic Governance. (B. Houlihan). 'Another World is Possible': Recapturing Alternative Olympic Histories, Imagining Different Games. (B. Kidd). Part II: The Olympic Games: Contemporary Issues and Controversies. The Five Rings and the Small Screen: Television, Sponsorship, and the New Media in the Olympic Movement. (G. Whannel). The Commercialisation of the Olympics: Cities, Corporations, and the Olympic Commodity. (A. Tomlinson). Lobbying Orgies: Olympic City Bids in the Post-Los Angeles Era. (D. Booth). Symbols without Substance: Aboriginal Peoples and the Illusions of Olympic Ceremonies. (J. Forsyth, K.B. Wamsley). Olympic Drug Testing: An Interpretive History. (J. Hoberman). Political Violence, Terrorism, and Security at the Olympic Games. (M. Atkinson, K. Young).