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

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

ISBN-10:
0791466159
ISBN-13:
9780791466155
Pub. Date:
03/28/2006
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791466155
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations Series
Pages: 253
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Global Sports Event—An Introduction
Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young

2. The Theory of Spectacle: Reviewing Olympic Ethnography
John J. MacAloon

3. Italy, 1934: Football and Fascism
Robert S. C. Gordon and John London

4. Berlin, 1936: The Most Controversial Olympics
Allen Guttmann

5. England, 1966: Goal! The myth of the Golden Age
Tony Mason

6. Mexico City, 1968: Sombreros and Skyscrapers
Claire and Keith Brewster

7. Munich, 1972: Representing the Nation
Christopher Young

8. Argentina, 1978: Military Nationalism, Football, Essentialism, and Moral Ambivalence
Eduardo P. Archetti

9. Moscow, 1980: Stalinism or Good, Clean Fun?
Robert Edelman

10. Los Angeles, 1984 and 1932: Commercializing the American Dream
Alan Tomlinson

11. Barcelona, 1992: Evaluating the Olympic Legacy
Christopher Kennett and Miquel de Moragas

12. Sydney, 2000: Sociality and Spaciality in Global Media Events
David Rowe and Deborah Stevenson

13. Japan/Korea, 2002: Public Space and Popular Celebration
Soon-Hee Whang

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