Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games

Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games

by Philip A. D'Agati

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Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games by Philip A. D'Agati

Beyond the realm of sports and spectacle, states host the Olympic Games for political, social, and cultural reasons. In particular, organizers have used the Olympics as an opportunity to redefine and reassert their national identities through performance. The hosts present an artistic rendering of their national identity to domestic and international audiences through the pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Nationalism on the World Stage examines the relationship between nationalism and the Olympics by weaving together current understandings of nationalism and applying these notions to displays of national identity at Olympic ceremonies from 1980 to 2006. Using tactics such as historical revision, indoctrination, and custodianship, hosts of the Games have re-told their official state identities and histories through performances. Through examples including the United States, Canada, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Japan, Philip A. D'Agati establishes a new scope of nationalism, cultural performance, and international festival and provides new insights into studies of nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761854517
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Philip A. D'Agati is a lecturer of political science and international relations at Northeastern University. He received an MA in comparative politics, an MA in world history, and a PhD in political science from Northeastern University. He is a researcher of nationalism, international organizations, and the role of sport in international politics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Abbreviations & Acronyms vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Olympic History and National Displays 11

Chapter 2 Thoughts on Nationalism, Performance, and the Role Sports 35

Chapter 3 Towards a Theoretical Understanding of Nationalism in the Olympics 63

Chapter 4 Historical Revision and Creation: Old Histories and New Interpretations 79

Chapter 5 Indoctrination of Ideology 105

Chapter 6 Custodians of Culture 123

Chapter 7 Society Divided: A Core and a Periphery, a Region and an Ethnicity 141

Chapter 8 Exalting the Core 149

Chapter 9 The Fringe Without the Flag 163

Chapter 10 Processes and Strategies: New Understandings of Cultural Performance 179

Appendix A Chronology of Host Cities 189

Bibliography 191

Index 203

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jordanhollya More than 1 year ago
I went into reading this book with absolutely no knowledge of the modern Olympic system. Dr. D'Agati quickly moved through the theory in this book, which is surprisingly not a boring read at all, into case-by-case studies of his ideas using specific examples from all the modern Olympic Games. Good for both a scholar of nationalism or a laymen interested in the Olympics!