Understanding the Olympics

Understanding the Olympics

For the first time, this new edition introduces the reader to the emergence of ‘other Games’ associated with the IOC – the Winter Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Youth Olympics.

Author: John Horne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000049398

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 344

View: 655

How did the Olympics evolve into a multi-national phenomenon? How can the Olympics help us to understand the relationship between sport and society? What will be the impact and legacy of the Olympics after Tokyo in 2020? Understanding the Olympics answers all these questions by exploring the social, cultural, political, historical and economic context of the Games. This thoroughly revised and updated edition discusses recent attempts at future proofing by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the face of growing global anti-Olympic activism, the changing geo-political context within which the Olympics take place, and the Olympic histories of the next three cities to host the Games – Tokyo (2020), Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) – as well as the legacy of the London (2012) Olympics. For the first time, this new edition introduces the reader to the emergence of ‘other Games’ associated with the IOC – the Winter Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Youth Olympics. It also features a full Olympic history timeline, many new photographs, refreshed suggestions for further reading, and revised illustrations. The most up-to-date and authoritative textbook available on the Olympic Games, Understanding the Olympics is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the Olympics or the wider relationship between sport and society.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Activism and the Olympics

Activism and the Olympics

In Activism and the Olympics, Boykoff provides a critical overview of the Olympic industry and its political opponents in the modern era.

Author: Jules Boykoff

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813562032

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

View: 440

The Olympics have developed into the world's premier sporting event. They are simultaneously a competitive exhibition and a grand display of cooperation that bring together global cultures on ski slopes, shooting ranges, swimming pools, and track ovals. Given their scale in the modern era, the Games are a useful window for better comprehending larger cultural, social, and historical processes, argues Jules Boykoff, an academic social scientist and a former Olympic athlete. In Activism and the Olympics, Boykoff provides a critical overview of the Olympic industry and its political opponents in the modern era. After presenting a brief history of Olympic activism, he turns his attention to on-the-ground activism through the lens of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Here we see how anti-Olympic activists deploy a range of approaches to challenge the Olympic machine, from direct action and the seizure of public space to humor-based and online tactics. Drawing on primary evidence from myriad personal interviews with activists, journalists, civil libertarians, and Olympics organizers, Boykoff angles in on the Games from numerous vantages and viewpoints. Although modern Olympic authorities have strived—even through the Cold War era—to appear apolitical, Boykoff notes, the Games have always been the site of hotly contested political actions and competing interests. During the last thirty years, as the Olympics became an economic juggernaut, they also generated numerous reactions from groups that have sought to challenge the event’s triumphalism and pageantry. The 21st century has seen an increased level of activism across the world, from the Occupy Movement in the United States to the Arab Spring in the Middle East. What does this spike in dissent mean for Olympic activists as they prepare for future Games?
Categories: Social Science

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

Controversial, challenging, and forthright, this book opens up a fascinating new avenue for understanding the contemporary Olympics in the context of global capitalist society.

Author: Jules Boykoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135938260

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 174

View: 650

The Olympic Games have become the world’s greatest media and marketing event—a global celebration of exceptional athletics gilded with corporate cash. Huge corporations vie for association with the "Olympic Image" in the hope of gaining a worldwide marketing audience of billions. In this provocative critical study of the contemporary Olympics, Jules Boykoff argues that the Games have become a massive planned economy designed to shield the rich from risk while providing them with a spectacle to treasure. Placing political economy at the center of the analysis, and drawing on interdisciplinary research in sociology, politics, geography, history, and economics, Boykoff develops an innovative theory of "celebration capitalism", the manipulation of state actors as partners that drives us towards public–private partnerships in which the public pays and the private profits. He argues that the Athens Games in 2004 marked the full emergence of celebration capitalism, with London 2012 representing its quintessential expression, characterized by a state of exception, unfettered commercialism, repression of dissent, questionable sustainability claims, and the complicity of the mainstream media. Controversial, challenging, and forthright, this book opens up a fascinating new avenue for understanding the contemporary Olympics in the context of global capitalist society. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the Olympic Games, the relationship between sport and society, or global politics and culture.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Olympic Ethics and Philosophy

Olympic Ethics and Philosophy

This book contains an international collection of essays by leading philosophers of sport on the ethics and philosophy of the Olympic Games.

Author: Mike McNamee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317980513

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 102

This book contains an international collection of essays by leading philosophers of sport on the ethics and philosophy of the Olympic Games. The essays consider a range of topics including critical reflections on nationalism and internationalism within the Olympic movement, sexism in Olympic marketing and sponsorship, the preservation and corruption of Olympism, the underlying ideology of the Olympic Games, the inequalities of perception in ability and disability as it informs our understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and comparisons between ancient and modern interpretations of the meaning and significance of the Olympic Games. This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of sports, as well as to the sporting public who simply want to know more about the grounding ideas behind the greatest show on earth. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Terrorism and the Olympics

Terrorism and the Olympics

This book will be of interest to students of terrorism studies, security studies, counter-terrorism and sports studies.

Author: Anthony Richards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136854972

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 764

The book aims to outline the progress, problems and challenges of delivering a safe and secure Olympics in the context of the contemporary serious and enduring terrorist threat. The enormous media profile and symbolic significance of the Olympic Games, the history of terrorists aiming to use such high-profile events to advance their cause, and Al Qaeda's aim to cause mass casualties, all have major implications for the security of London 2012. Drawing on contributions from leading academics and practitioners in the field the book will assess the current terrorist threat, particularly focusing on terrorist targeting and how the Olympics might feature in this, before addressing particular response themes such as transport security, the role of surveillance, resilient designing of Olympic sites, the role of private security, and the challenge of inter-agency coordination. The book will conclude by providing an assessment of the legacy of Olympic security to date and will discuss the anticipated issues and dilemmas of the future. This book will be of interest to students of terrorism studies, security studies, counter-terrorism and sports studies.
Categories: History

Encoding the Olympics

Encoding the Olympics

This volume analyses global media responses to a mega-sport event on a scale never before attempted. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Author: Luo Qing

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135747442

Category: Political Science

Page: 484

View: 741

Encoding the Olympics assembles a uniquely representative international team of media experts to provide a comprehensive review of the global impact of media and cultural communications associated with the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Commissioned by the IOC, this pioneering comparative study – the largest in Olympic Games research –provides a ground-breaking, panoramic, cross-cultural perspective on media responses to the leading sports event of the modern world. The representative team that undertook the study includes media commentators and political analysts, sport and media journalists, Sinologists and observers of the Asian Pacific Rim, academics in Olympic Studies and media and communication studies, scholars of the cultural and sociology studies of sport and festival and events managers. Encoding the Olympics provides a unique, encyclopaedic study that will serve as a versatile resource at several levels – as a textbook or source reference for academic institutions, media public relations agencies that facilitate the work of inter-cultural exchange organisations, and international communication departments of multinational enterprises and international NGOs. This volume analyses global media responses to a mega-sport event on a scale never before attempted. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Categories: Political Science

Host Cities and the Olympics

Host Cities and the Olympics

The purpose of this book is to lay out the basic principles of an interactionist
approach to understanding the Olympics. While this interactionist approach has
broader value than what is proposed here, the focus will be on the host city. In
order to ...

Author: Harry H. Hiller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136326745

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 229

Rather than interpreting the Olympics as primarily a sporting event of international or national significance, this book understands the Games as a civic project for the host city that serves as a catalyst for a variety of urban interests over a period of many years from the bidding phase through the event itself. Traditional Olympic studies have tended to examine the Games from an outsider's perspective or as something experienced through the print media or television. In contrast, the focus presented here is on the dynamics within the host city understood as a community of interacting individuals who encounter the Games in a variety of ways through support, opposition, or even indifference but who have a profound influence on the outcome of the Games as actors and players in the Olympics as a drama. Adopting a symbolic interactionist approach, the book offers a new interpretive model through which to understand the Olympic Games by exploring the relationship between the Games and residents of the host city. Key analytical concepts such as framing, dramaturgy, the public realm, and the symbolic field are introduced and illustrated through empirical research from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, and it is shown how social media and shifts in public opinion reflected interaction effects within the city. By filling a clear lacuna in the Olympic Studies canon, this book is important reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology of sport, urban studies, event studies or urban sociology.
Categories: Social Science

Global Television And The Politics Of The Seoul Olympics

Global Television And The Politics Of The Seoul Olympics

TABLE 2.1 Communication dimensions of Olympic television Aspects of
Communication Levels of Analysis or Comparison ... Seoul Size Effects National
image Intercultural understanding Olympic participants Broadcasting and other
social ...

Author: James F. Larson

Publisher: James F. Larson

ISBN: 0813316944

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 305

Categories: History

Tokyo 2020 Olympics For Dummies

Tokyo 2020 Olympics For Dummies

Hundreds of thousands of international travelers will arrive in Tokyo for the next Olympics to share in the worldwide camaraderie and watch world-class athletes in 33 sports. This book is your complete authority on how to join in!

Author: Celeste Kiyoko Hall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119664093

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 724

Make the most of your 2020 Olympic adventure! If you dream of traveling to the Olympic games but feel overwhelmed by the thought of a trip to Japan, then Tokyo 2020 Olympics For Dummies is for you. Hundreds of thousands of international travelers will arrive in Tokyo for the next Olympics to share in the worldwide camaraderie and watch world-class athletes in 33 sports. This book is your complete authority on how to join in! Learn about travel options, safety, customs, and facts about the Olympic Games. Tokyo is an amazing destination, and you’ll be prepared for the voyage of a lifetime with knowledge of Japanese culture and trip planning tips. Plan your trip to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan Be prepared with tips on Japanese culture, customs, language, and more Learn about how the Olympic Games are structured to make the best of your time Stay stress free and have fun with international travel advice and Olympic facts! As you prepare for your once-in-a-lifetime excursion, keep this guide within easy reach!
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Olympics

The Olympics

This title provides a unique, critical reference source and systematically sets out the key themes in modern Olympism, offering a structured approach to the subject for students and lecturers.

Author: Vassil Girginov

Publisher:

ISBN: 0415445361

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 452

View: 793

The Olympics: A Critical Reader is a unique, critical reference source that systematically sets out the key themes in modern Olympism. Combining previously unseen material from the IOC archive and the best critical scholarship, this book provides the reader with a well-rounded understanding of all facets of the Olympics Games.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics

Features the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, with information presented by L'Association des Familles Meloche Ltd. Highlights the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee. Discusses issues such as press venues and ski patrol.

Author: Larry R. Gerlach

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015058213367

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 330

View: 442

Features the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, with information presented by L'Association des Familles Meloche Ltd. Highlights the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee. Discusses issues such as press venues and ski patrol.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Understanding Business Legal Aspects of the Sports Industry

Understanding Business   Legal Aspects of the Sports Industry

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Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105060755951

Category: Athletes

Page:

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Categories: Athletes

Understanding Your Health

Understanding Your Health

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Olympics In America, as in many other countries around the world, physical
fitness and athletic prowess carry a high degree of prestige, whereas lack of ...

Author: Wayne A. Payne

Publisher:

ISBN: 0072353236

Category: College students

Page: 772

View: 757

Categories: College students

Understanding Japan

Understanding Japan

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Muh AVM 196 VRC 100 Betamovie Muhammad Ali , gold medalist light ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435030822290

Category: Japan

Page:

View: 350

Categories: Japan

The Seoul Olympics

The Seoul Olympics

The most fruitful result of the Seoul Olympics could be considered the
development of mutual understanding in the international community . Through
the sports festival held in a city located in a country where the danger of war was
lurking ...

Author: Park Seh-Jik

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015034039225

Category: Olympic Games

Page: 177

View: 365

Categories: Olympic Games

Understanding Sports Massage

Understanding Sports Massage

Sports massage regained credibility among runners when Lasse Viren , the "
Flying Finn , " set a world record time in the 10K and an Olympic record in the 5K
at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich . Runners learned that Viren received ...

Author: Patricia J. Benjamin

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

ISBN: UOM:39015038154194

Category: Medical

Page: 124

View: 391

"Massage can enhance athletes' conditioning and performance, reduce injury potential, and aid injury rehabilitation. Understanding Sports Massage offers comprehensive information on how to use massage in any sports setting and focuses on these topics: the theoretical basis for sports massage; various applications of massage for athletes - restorative, event-related, and maintenance; massage and adjunct techniques; the effects of each technique; tips on giving massage; how to plan and give a massage; how to set up a sports massage program; and contraindications and cautions." "Understanding Sports Massage will help athletic trainers, sports physical therapists, massage specialists, and other sports medicine professionals ensure the health and enhance the performance of their athletes."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Categories: Medical

Potential Benefits of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for Wales

Potential Benefits of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for Wales

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UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MAYOR OF
LONDON ...

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Welsh Affairs Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215530349

Category: Political Science

Page: 127

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This inquiry arose from the Committee's belief that any benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games should be felt in Wales and not only in London and the South East of England. The Committee cannot yet conclude whether Wales will benefit from the 2012 Games. Few events will be held in Wales and it is not predicted that Wales will benefit greatly from tourism generated by the Games. An opportunity was missed in the original bid to locate events in Wales particularly in respect of mountain biking and canoeing. In retrospect, it now seems misguided to build expensive new venues when such facilities exist in Wales. Lottery funding will be diverted from Wales to fund the Games, with a loss of an estimated £100 million, which will have a long-term effect on grassroots projects with a reduction in the number of new facilities built and possible problems in maintaining current structures. The Government has launched the London 2012 Business Network and CompeteFor, but there Welsh companies currently only account for 2 per cent of all the total number of registrations on the CompeteFor network. The most obvious benefit to Wales arises from the fact that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London provide a unique opportunity to generate interest in sport amongst children and young people. Disability sports is a great success story for Wales and the community programme ensures that there are opportunities for children and young people with disabilities. It is important that all sections of Welsh society are engaged with the Olympics and Paralympics and its ideals.
Categories: Political Science

The Olympics

The Olympics

Real ( 1989 ) well reasons ON the significance of analyzing the mass - mediated
Olympics to understand globalization : mass - 1 The mass - mediated Olympics
reveal a great deal about our world today , much as the major feast of any culture
 ...

Author: Atsushi Tajima

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89073998718

Category:

Page: 246

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Categories:

Designing the Olympics

Designing the Olympics

Having recognized the mounting disbelief in the social value of the Olympic
project, in the fifth and final chapter, which is part of the section ... Jilly Traganou, “
Understanding Olympic Design,” Oxford University Press blog, August 31, 2012,
 ...

Author: Jilly Traganou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317226369

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 348

View: 605

Designing the Olympics claims that the Olympic Games provide opportunities to reflect on the relationship between design, national identity, and citizenship. The "Olympic design milieu" fans out from the construction of the Olympic city and the creation of emblems, mascots, and ceremonies, to the consumption, interpretation, and appropriation of Olympic artifacts from their conception to their afterlife. Besides products that try to achieve consensus and induce civic pride, the "Olympic design milieu" also includes processes that oppose the Olympics and their enforcement. The book examines the graphic design program for Tokyo 1964, architecture and urban plans for Athens 2004, brand design for London 2012, and practices of subversive appropriation and sociotechnical action in counter-Olympic movements since the 1960s. It explores how the Olympics shape the physical, legal and emotional contours of a host nation and its position in the world; how the Games are contested by a broader social spectrum within and beyond the nation; and how, throughout these encounters, design plays a crucial role. Recognizing the presence of multiple actors, the book investigates the potential of design in promoting equitable political participation in the Olympic context.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games

Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games

This book fills a long-standing gap in literature on the Olympics and will provide valuable insights for all students, scholars, policy makers and journalists interested in the Olympic Games and the wider relationship between sport, ...

Author: Danyel Reiche

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317632771

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 182

View: 204

The Olympic Games is undoubtedly the greatest sporting event in the world, with over 200 countries competing for success. This important new study of the Olympics investigates why some countries are more successful than others. Which factors determine their failure or success? What is the relationship between these factors? And how can these factors be manipulated to influence a country’s performance in sport? This book addresses these questions and discusses the theoretical concepts that explain why national sporting success has become a policy priority around the globe. Danyel Reiche reassesses our understanding of success in sport and challenges the conventional explanations that population size and economic strength are the main determinants for a country’s Olympic achievements. He presents a theory of countries’ success and failure, based on detailed investigations of the relationships between a wide variety of factors that influence a country’s position in the Olympic medals table, including geography, ideology, policies such as focusing on medal promising sports, home advantage and the promotion of women. This book fills a long-standing gap in literature on the Olympics and will provide valuable insights for all students, scholars, policy makers and journalists interested in the Olympic Games and the wider relationship between sport, politics, and nationalism.
Categories: Sports & Recreation