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Post-Olympism? : Questioning sport i - John;Christensen,Mette Krogh Bale

Post-Olympism?

Questioning sport i

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The Olympic Games symbolize global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through sports. However, throughout the history of the modern games, the Olympic ideal has often been confronted by a different reality. Crises ranging from drug abuse to racism and accusations of Disneyfication have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Post-Olympism? is the first book to provide a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics. Is Olympism relevant today? Have more frequent and tightly organized events such as World Cups and world championships superseded the Olympics to become the great festivals of sport? What effect will new technologies have on the Games? This is a timely book that both re-evaluates this event's checkered past and assesses whether it has a future.
The Olympic Games symbolize global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through sports. However, throughout the history of the modern games, the Olympic ideal has often been confronted by a different reality. Crises ranging from drug abuse to racism and accusations of Disneyfication have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Post-Olympism? is the first book to provide a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics. Is Olympism relevant today? Have more frequent and tightly organized events such as World Cups and world championships superseded the Olympics to become the great festivals of sport? What effect will new technologies have on the Games? This is a timely book that both re-evaluates this event's checkered past and assesses whether it has a future.

'The editor has successfully gathered fifteen articles that discuss sport on several theoretical levels... as well as critically evaluating the dilema of olympic competition.' Milan Hosta, 'Sport' Magasine, Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: Post-Olympism?p. 1
Writing the Gamesp. 3
A Global Currencyp. 4
After the Eventp. 7
Citius, Altius, Fortiusp. 9
Post-Olympism and Postmodernismp. 10
Post-olympism? Questioning olympic Historiographyp. 13
Models of Olympic Historyp. 14
Explanatory Paradigmsp. 19
Conclusionp. 32
'What's the Difference between Propaganda for Tourism or for a Political Regime?' Was the 1936 Olympics the first Postmodern Spectacle?p. 33
Perspectivep. 33
Introductionp. 34
Olympic Games under a Dictatorshipp. 35
Olympic Education and the Peace Mission of the IOCp. 37
The Historical Perspectivep. 37
General Sherrill and the Change of Policyp. 40
Hans Fritschp. 43
Official Propagandap. 44
The Olympic Torch Relayp. 45
Coubertin's Political Economyp. 46
Brohm versus Bernettp. 48
Conclusionp. 49
China and Olympismp. 51
What Comes after the -Isms? Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, and Post-Olympism (but not Post-Nationalism)p. 51
The Power of the Host Cityp. 54
He Zhenliangp. 57
Will Olympism Change China?p. 58
Will China Change Olympism?p. 61
The Global, the Popular and the Inter-Popular: Olympic Sport between Market, State and Civil Societyp. 65
The Boomerangp. 65
Contradictions of Movement: The Case of Jumpingp. 66
Contradictions of Identity: Saying 'We' in Sportsp. 67
Production, Integration and Encounter by Movementp. 69
National Identity is not Onep. 70
How to Analyse Olympism?p. 72
Historical Shifts between Civic, Public and Commercial Logicsp. 74
Scenarios of Olympism...p. 75
...and Post-Olympismp. 76
Identity on the Agendap. 78
Whose Cathy--and which People?p. 80
Cosmopolitan Olympism, Humanism and the Spectacle of 'Race'p. 81
Introductionp. 81
Humanism and the Spectacle of 'Race'p. 82
Cosmopolitanism and Planetary Humanismp. 85
Re-imagining the Race: Eric the Eel and the Non-white White Athletep. 88
The Politics of Cosmopolitan Olympismp. 93
Conclusionp. 96
Post-Olympism: Olympic Legacies, Sport Spaces and the Practices of Everyday Lifep. 99
The Spacep. 101
The Sportp. 104
The Skatersp. 106
'Olympians Amongst Us'p. 112
Conclusionp. 115
Postscript 1p. 116
Postscript 2p. 116
The Future of a Multi-Sport Mega-Event: Is there a Place for the Olympic Games in a 'Post-Olympic' World?p. 119
The Contemporary Global Sports Systemp. 120
Increased Competitionp. 122
Alternative Visions of Sportp. 126
The Pragmatic and Loose Definition of the Olympic Programmep. 128
The Changing Geography of World Sportp. 130
Copying Olympic Ceremoniesp. 132
Review of the Olympic Programme, August 2002p. 133
Conclusionp. 133
Making the World Safe for Global Capital: The Sydney 2000 Olympics and Beyondp. 135
Olympic Resistance, Past and Presentp. 136
Sydney 2000 Protestsp. 140
More Resistance: Vancouver and Whistlerp. 142
Resistance in Salt Lake Cityp. 143
Conclusionp. 145
The Disneyfication of the Olympics? Theme Parks and Freak-Shows of the Bodyp. 147
Introduction: Survival and Transformationp. 147
Disneyfication: Process and Outcomep. 150
Scenes from Sydneyp. 152
A Disneylimpics? Challenging Stale Olympic Idealsp. 160
Conclusionp. 162
Essence of Post-Olympism: A Prolegomena of Studyp. 165
Proemp. 165
Cultural Adaptationp. 167
Classic Olympismp. 168
Transcendencep. 169
Aestheticsp. 169
Performativityp. 170
Accelerationp. 171
Coming Communityp. 174
Sportive Nationalism and Globalizationp. 177
Early Globalization and Olympic Sportp. 177
Globalization as International Competitionp. 181
Sportive Nationalism and International Competitionp. 184
Denationalizing Global Competitionp. 187
The Vulnerability Thesis and its Consequences: A Critique of Specialization in Olympic Sportp. 189
Introductionp. 189
Athletic Performancep. 190
Specializationp. 191
The Vulnerability Thesisp. 192
The Underlying Premise: Sport as Moral Practicep. 195
Policy Implicationsp. 196
Conclusionp. 197
Doping and the Olympic Games from an Aesthetic Perspectivep. 201
Post-Olympism and the Aestheticization of Sportp. 211
What is Olympism?p. 213
The Meaning of Sportp. 213
Modern Critiquesp. 214
The Historico-Sociological Critiquep. 215
The Forms of Critiquep. 217
Post-Olympismp. 219
Postmodern in Olympismp. 219
Deconstructionp. 220
The Ethics of Sportp. 222
A Model of Postmodern Sportp. 222
Sport and Artp. 223
Artp. 224
The Aesthetics of Sportp. 224
Aesthetics at the Olympic Gamesp. 227
The Philosophy of Olympismp. 228
Post-Olympism Reconsideredp. 229
Conclusionp. 230
Laying Olympism to Restp. 231
Introductionp. 231
Olympismp. 234
Post-Olympismp. 234
Conclusionp. 240
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9781859737149
ISBN-10: 1859737145
Series: Global Sport Cultures (Hardcover)
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1