Despite the increasing importance and politicization of sport, Western scholars have only recently begun to consider it as a subject worthy of serious study and research. Martin Vinokur contends that sport has become an increasingly pervasive and visibly central element in Western culture and that its function as a political tool is likely to grow still more in the 1990s, as governments realize the full value of sports to the political socialization process. He shows how the German Democratic Republic and Romania in particular have used sports to help achieve their political goals. This national emphasis on sports is then contrasted to the Western governments' approach. Finally, Vinokur focuses on the 1980 and 1984 Olympic boycotts and the 1988 summer games in Seoul.
About the Author
MARTIN BARRY VINOKUR received his Ph.D. in Political Science from American University.
Table of Contents
The Theoretical and Methodological Framework
Sport as an Instrument for National Integration in Romania
Sport as an Instrument for National Integration in East Germany
Some Cross-Cultural Comparisons
Sports and National Policies of the 180s: The Olympic Boycotts
More Than a game: Conclusions and Recommendations for Future Research