Questioning Sport in the Twenty-first Century
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Post-Olympism? by John Bale
Book DescriptionThe Olympic ideal and the Olympic Games stand as symbols of global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through the medium of sports. However, throughout the twentieth century, Olympic rhetoric was often confronted by a different reality. The Games have regularly been faced by crises that have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Given the many changes that have occurred in the Olympic Games during the past century it seems reasonable to ask if this global event has a future and, if so, what form it might take. With this larger issue in mind, the authors of Post-Olympism? ask probing questions about the following:the infamous 1936 Olympicsthe effect of new technologies on the Gamesthe future impact of the 2008 Beijing Games on China and of China on the Olympicsthe local and regional impact of the Sydney green Olympicsthe Games and globalizationDisneyficationracismdrug abuseThe book provides a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics and will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the Games.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859737194
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The four-minute mile was roundly believed to be impossible until Roger Bannister shattered the illusion with half a second to spare in May 1954. The essays in this book look at the background to Bannister's achievement and the meaning that was ascribed to it by the media and the public at large.
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Author Biography - John Bale
John Bale Visiting Professor of Sports Studies,University of Aarhus, Denmark and Professor of Sports Geography, Keele University Mette Krogh Christensen Assistant Professor in Sports Studies, Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus
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