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The Olympics: A Critical Reader represents a unique, critical guide to the definitive sporting mega-event and the wider phenomenon it represents - Olympism. Combining classic texts and thoughtful editorial discussion with challenging new pieces, including previously unseen material, the book systematically addresses the key questions in modern Olympism, including: * what does studying Olympism entail? * how do historical accounts create and challenge Olympic myths? * how do different theoretical perspectives inform our understanding of Olympism? * which socio-political processes influence personal, collective and imagined Olympic identities? * how do we experience and make sense of Olympism? * who owns Olympism and why does it matter? * how do cities compete for and celebrate the Olympics? * How are the Olympic values promoted? * why is it important to protect the ethical principles and properties of Olympism? * what are the grounds for contesting Olympism? * how can Olympism be taught? * how can the principles and practices of Olympism be sustained in the future? Each thematic part has been designed to include a range of views, including background treatment of an issue as well as critical scholarship, to ensure that students develop a well-rounded understanding of the Olympic phenomenon. The Olympics: A Critical Reader is essential reading for students of the Olympics and Olympism, the sociology of sport, sport management and cultural studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415445351
ISBN-10: 0415445353
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 174mm x mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Jim Parry

Vassil Girginov is Reader in Sports Development and Sports Management at Brunel University. He is also a founding member of the Bulgarian National Olympic Academy and has researched and published in the field of Olympism, sport policy analysis, Eastern European sport and the culture of sport management. His previous books include The Olympic Games Explained (2005) and Management of Sports Development (2008). Vassil is also Executive Academic Editor of the Routledge journals 2012 Olympics Special Issue programme, which includes some 40 academic journals from a range of fields and disciplines.

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