Watching The Olympics: Politics, Power And Representation by John SugdenWatching The Olympics: Politics, Power And Representation by John Sugden

Watching The Olympics: Politics, Power And Representation

EditorJohn Sugden, Alan Tomlinson

Paperback | September 20, 2011

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Global sporting events involve the creation, management and mediation of cultural meanings for consumption by massive media audiences. The apotheosis of this cultural form is the Olympic Games. This challenging and provocative new book explores the Olympic spectacle, from the multi-media bidding process and the branding and imaging of the Games, to security, surveillance and control of the Olympic product across all of its levels.

The book argues that the process of commercialization, directed by the IOC itself, has enabled audiences to interpret its traditional objects in non-reverential ways and to develop oppositional interpretations of Olympism. The Olympics have become multi-voiced and many themed, and the spectacle of the contemporary Games raises important questions about institutionalization, the doctrine of individualism, the advance of market capitalism, performance, consumption and the consolidation of global society.

With particular focus on the London Games in 2012, the book casts a critical eye over the bidding process, Olympic finance, promises of legacy and development, and the consequences of hosting the Games for the civil rights and liberties of those living in their shadow. Few studies have offered such close scrutiny of the inner workings of Olympism's political and economic network, and, therefore, this book is indispensible reading for any student or researcher with an interest in the Olympics, sport's multiple impacts, or sporting mega-events.

John Sugdenis Professor of the Sociology of Sport at the University of Brighton, UK, and has researched and written widely around topics concerned with the politics and sociology of sport. He is Academic Leader of the Sport and Leisure Cultures subject group and Director of Football for Peace, based in Israel.Alan Tomlinsonis Professor...
Title:Watching The Olympics: Politics, Power And RepresentationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 20, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415578337

ISBN - 13:9780415578332


Table of Contents

1 Lording It: London And The Getting Of The Games - Alan Tomlinson - 2 Pierre De Coubertin And The Modern Olympic Ideals: Myth, Evolution, Or Betrayal? - Lincoln Allison  3 The Promise Of Olympism - Graham Mcfee  4 The Olympics As Sovereign Subject Maker - Thomas F. Carter  5 The Technicolor Olympics? Race, Representation And The 2012 London Games - Daniel Burdsey 6 Youth Sport And London's 2012 Olympic Legacy - Marc Keech  7 Doping And The Olympics: Rights, Responsibilities And Accountabilities (Watching The Athletes) - Barrie Houlihan  8 The Olympic Documentary And The 'Spirit Of Olympism' - Ian Mcdonald  9 Torchlight Temptations: Hosting The Olympics And The Global Gaze - David Rowe And Jim Mckay  10 Taste, Ambiguity And The Cultural Olympiad - Shane Collins And Catherine Palmer  11 Sex Watch: Surveying Women's Sexed And Gendered Bodies At The Olympics - Jayne Caudwell - 12 Children Of A Lesser God: Paralympics And High-Performance Sport - P. David Howe  13 The Olympic Movement, Action Sports, And The Search For Generation Y - Holly Thorpe And Belinda Wheaton  14 Team Gb, The Bards Of Britishness And A Disunited Kingdom - Mark Perryman  15 The View From The Pressbox: Rose-Tinted Spectacle? - Rob Steen  16 Watched By The Games: Surveillance And Security At The Olympics - John Sugden  17 Afterword. 'No Other Anything '': The Olympic Games Yesterday And Today - John Sugden And Alan Tomlinson