The Olympic Games; A Social Science Perspective

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-22
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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This 2nd edition of a highly successful book (published in 2000) provides a comprehensive, critical analysis of the Olympic Games using a multi-disciplinary social science approach. This revised edition contains much new data relating to the Sydney 2000 Games and their aftermath; and preparations for Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. The book is broad-ranging and independent in its coverage, and includes the use of drugs, sex testing, accusations of power abuse among members of the IOC, the Games as a stage for political protest, media-related controversies, economic costs and benefits of the Games and historical conflicts between organizers and host communities.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. ix
List of figuresp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Studying the Olympic Gamesp. 1
The phenomenon of the Olympic Gamesp. 1
The Olympic Games as an object of academic enquiryp. 2
Disciplinary perspectivesp. 2
Paradigmsp. 3
Structure of the bookp. 5
The Olympic Games - more than a sporting eventp. 6
Further readingp. 8
Notesp. 8
Questionsp. 8
The Ancient Olympics and their Relevance to the Modern Gamesp. 9
Introductionp. 9
Myths about the ancient Olympic Gamesp. 10
A short history of the ancient Olympic Gamesp. 11
The eventsp. 13
History - politicsp. 19
Amateurism and professionalismp. 20
Womenp. 22
The demise of the Gamesp. 23
Conclusionp. 24
Further readingp. 24
Questionsp. 25
The Revival of the Olympic Gamesp. 26
Introductionp. 26
The interregnump. 27
Greecep. 29
Englandp. 30
North Americap. 33
France and Germanyp. 34
Pierre de Coubertinp. 35
Summaryp. 38
Further readingp. 39
Questionsp. 40
The Modern Olympic Phenomenonp. 41
Introductionp. 41
Olympismp. 42
The Olympic Movementp. 44
Olympic organisationp. 45
The International Olympic Committeep. 45
IOC Commissionsp. 53
Symbols and ceremonialp. 61
The bidding process and host city selectionp. 65
Hosting the Gamesp. 68
Cultural programmep. 70
The Winter Olympicsp. 71
Local oppositionp. 71
Evaluation and reportingp. 73
After it's all over: the legacy of the Gamesp. 74
Competing and related eventsp. 76
Conclusionsp. 82
Further readingp. 82
Questionsp. 83
Politics, Nationalism and the Olympic Movementp. 84
Introductionp. 84
Politicsp. 84
Olympic Games and politicsp. 87
Internal politics of the host nationp. 87
Opposing political ideologiesp. 91
Nationalismp. 102
Political demonstrations, terrorism and security at the Gamesp. 106
IOC politicsp. 114
Conclusionp. 118
Further readingp. 120
Questionsp. 120
The Economics and Financing of the Gamesp. 121
Introductionp. 121
Political economyp. 122
Financing the Olympic Movementp. 126
Funding individual Olympic Gamesp. 131
Economic impactp. 138
Further Readingp. 144
Questionsp. 144
The Olympics and the Mass Mediap. 145
Introductionp. 145
The relationship between the Olympics and the mass mediap. 147
The nature of Olympic television broadcastsp. 150
History of Olympic television coveragep. 153
Host broadcastersp. 157
The Internetp. 159
Radiop. 164
Filmp. 165
Olympic-related novelsp. 166
Conclusionp. 167
Further readingp. 167
Questionsp. 167
Doping and the Olympicsp. 168
Introductionp. 168
Some modern performance-enhancing substancesp. 170
Arguments for and against drug usep. 173
History of drug use in the Olympicsp. 175
The IOC Medical Commissionp. 179
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)p. 179
Categories of IOC prohibited substancesp. 180
Athletes' obligations and doping controlp. 182
Anti-doping procedures for Turin, 2006p. 183
Episodes in sport, the Olympics and drug usep. 185
The futurep. 191
Summaryp. 192
Further readingp. 193
Questionsp. 193
Women and the Olympic Gamesp. 194
Women and sportp. 194
Researchp. 196
Women in the Olympic Gamesp. 197
Introduction of women's sports to the Olympic programmep. 198
The twenty-first centuryp. 202
Women in the administration of the Olympicsp. 204
The media and women in the Olympic Gamesp. 206
Eleanor Holm Jarrett: a case study of a female Olympic athletep. 210
Gender verification, or sex testingp. 216
Conclusionp. 219
Further readingp. 221
Questionsp. 221
Case Studies of the Summer Olympic Gamesp. 222
Introductionp. 222
Barcelona 1992p. 223
Atlanta 1996p. 231
Sydney 2000p. 237
Athens 2004p. 252
Beijing 2008p. 255
London 2012p. 258
Further readingp. 261
Questionsp. 262
The Games of the modern erap. 263
Items for a cost-benefit study of the Gamesp. 272
The Future of the Olympic Gamesp. 274
Introductionp. 274
The environment of the Gamesp. 276
The organisation of the Gamesp. 282
The past, present and future of the Olympic Gamesp. 287
Further readingp. 287
Questionsp. 287
Websites, Films, Videos, CDs, DVDsp. 288
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 330
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