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This anthology of essays, previously published in Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, addresses key themes in the scholarly study of the Games. Part I of Rethinking the Olympics presents seven articles devoted to Olympic history: the Games' legacy from antiquity, their modern evolution, and the most controversial Games of the modern era, the Berlin Games of 1936. Part II deals with the persistent problems and crises that confounded and defined the Olympic Games over time. The nine essays in this section focus on a variety of issues such as: performance enhancement; the rise of commercialism; enduring controversies in the form of leadership, corruption, and the Cold War; and the politics of hosting Olympic Games. Finally, in Part III, the future of the Modern Olympic Movement is addressed from the perspective of the rapidly accelerating and mushrooming process of globalization. Book jacket.
\Robert Barney is the author of Selling the Five Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism and founding director emeritus of the International Center for Olympic Studies, School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario.
Table of Contents
|Setting the Stage|
|The Legacy of Antiquity|
|Stadium and Arena: Reflections on Greek, Roman, and Contemporary Social History||p. 3|
|The Olympic Games 393 A.D.-1896 A.D.: The Genealogy of an Idea in Literature, Music, and Dance||p. 17|
|On The Source of the Olympic Credo||p. 42|
|More on the Olympic Saying, It's More Important||p. 52|
|Coubertin's Ideology of Olympism from the Perspective of the History of Ideas||p. 63|
|Cosmopolitanism, Olympism, and Nationalism: A Critical Interpretation of Coubertin's Ideal of International Sporting Life||p. 95|
|The Most Controversial Games-Berlin 1936|
|France, Coubertin, and the Nazi Olympics: The Response||p. 110|
|The Nazi Olympics: A Reinterpretation||p. 133|
|Persistent Problems, Issues, and Crises|
|"Cells or Soaring?": Historical Reflections on Visions of the Body, Athletics, and Modern Olympism||p. 165|
|Sport, Drugs, and the Cold War: The Conundrum of Olympic Doping Policy, 1970-1979||p. 190|
|The Rise of Commercialism|
|Marketing National Identity: The Olympic Games of 1932 and American Culture||p. 212|
|Family Feud: Revenue and IOC-USOC Relations||p. 242|
|The Rise and Fall of Soviet Olympic Champions||p. 284|
|Persistent Resistance: Leadership Positions for Women in Olympic Sport Governing Bodies||p. 307|
|Gifts of Corruption? Ambiguities of Obligation in the Olympic Movement||p. 330|
|The Politics of Hosting Olympic Games|
|Olympic Hosting in Canada: Promotional Ambitions, Political Challenges||p. 357|
|The "Mormon Games": Religion, Media, Cultural Politics and the Salt Lake Winter Games||p. 379|
|Globalization and Facing the Future|
|Modern Sport and Olympic Games: The Problematic Complexities Raised by the Dynamics of Globalization||p. 435|
|About the Authors||p. 477|
|About the Editor||p. 481|
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