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The Olympics, Book of the Month, May 2010

This timely reader acts as a critical guide to the world's most important sporting event and the wider phenomenon it represents.

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The Olympics: A Critical Reader edited by Vassil Girginov, Brunel University, UK combines classic texts and thoughtful editorial discussion to address the key questions in modern Olympism:

  • 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?

The Olympics: A Critical Reader will be the perfect addition to your upcoming sociology of sport or history of sport courses!

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  1. The Olympics

    A Critical Reader

    Edited by Vassil Girginov

    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...

    Published March 24th 2010 by Routledge