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Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Sporting events, tours & organisations > Olympic games

Globalization and Sport - Playing the World (Hardcover): Trish Miller, Toby Miller, Geoffrey A Lawrence, Jim McKay, David Rowe Globalization and Sport - Playing the World (Hardcover)
Trish Miller, Toby Miller, Geoffrey A Lawrence, Jim McKay, David Rowe
R3,494 R3,117 Discovery Miles 31 170 Save R377 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sport is the most universal feature of popular culture. It crosses language barriers and slices through national boundaries, attracting both spectators and participants, to a common lingua franca of passions, obsessions and desires. This book brings to light the connections between sport and culture. It argues that although sport is obviously a source of pleasure, it is also part of the government of everyday life. The creation of a sporting calendar, movements of rational recreation and the development of physical education in the public sector, are read as ways of disciplining and shaping urban-industrial populations. In addition, sport is examined as a principal front of globalization. The sports process draws together dispersed communities and generates economic wealth. The book demonstrates how commodification, bureaucratization and ideology are fundamental to the organization of sporting cultures.

The Silent Gladiators (Paperback): Nicholas Anthony Hopping The Silent Gladiators (Paperback)
Nicholas Anthony Hopping
R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The story of the 2004 U.S. Olympic wrestling team and it's countdown to the Athens Games.

Firsts in Sports - Winning Stories (Paperback): Paul T. Owens Firsts in Sports - Winning Stories (Paperback)
Paul T. Owens
R353 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Paul T. Owens takes you on a panoramic tour of sports, from the first game ever played, to the people who were the first at their positions on their fields of play. These are the insightful stories behind the excitement we see in every game, of those who managed the events, and those who played to entertain and to win. And most importantly, those who were there first. As a sports writer, Paul T. Owens' articles have appeared in the New York Times and in the Los Angeles Times.

Football Brands (Hardcover): Sue Bridgewater Football Brands (Hardcover)
Sue Bridgewater
R1,683 R1,554 Discovery Miles 15 540 Save R129 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The media increasingly refers to football clubs as brands. Certainly concepts such as loyalty, affiliation, emotional ties with football clubs seem to parallel the relationship between consumer and brand in the broader marketing sphere. This book delves deep into the world of the lucrative business of sports branding.

The International Olympic Committee, Law, and Accountability (Paperback): Ryan Gauthier The International Olympic Committee, Law, and Accountability (Paperback)
Ryan Gauthier
R1,091 Discovery Miles 10 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Olympic Games is unquestionably the largest and most important sporting event in the world. Yet who exactly is accountable for its successes and failures? This book examines the legitimacy and accountability of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This non-governmental organisation wields extraordinary power, but there is no democratic basis for its authority. This study questions the supremacy of the IOC, arguing that there is a significant accountability deficit. Investigating the conduct of the IOC from an international legal perspective, the book moves beyond a critique of the IOC to explore potential avenues for reform, means of improving democratic procedures and increasing accountability. If the Olympics are to continue to be our most celebrated sporting event, those who organise them must be answerable to the citizens that they can potentially harm as well as benefit. Full of original insights into the inner workings of the IOC, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the Olympics, sport policy, sport management, sport mega-events, and the law.

The "Daily Telegraph" Map of Great Britain and Ireland, Including Locations of All the 2012 Olympic Venues (Sheet map, rolled): The "Daily Telegraph" Map of Great Britain and Ireland, Including Locations of All the 2012 Olympic Venues (Sheet map, rolled)
R597 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R86 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Gold in the Rings - The People and Events That Transformed the Olympic Games (Hardcover): Stephen R. Wenn, Robert Barney The Gold in the Rings - The People and Events That Transformed the Olympic Games (Hardcover)
Stephen R. Wenn, Robert Barney
R2,272 Discovery Miles 22 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Once a showcase for amateur athletics, the Olympic Games have become a global entertainment colossus powered by corporate sponsorship and professional participation. Stephen R. Wenn and Robert K. Barney offer the inside story of this transformation by examining the far-sighted leadership and decision-making acumen of four International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidents: Avery Brundage, Lord Killanin, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Jacques Rogge. Blending biography with historical storytelling, the authors explore the evolution of Olympic commercialism from Brundage's uneasy acceptance of television rights fees through the revenue generation strategies that followed the Salt Lake City bid scandal to the present day. Throughout, Wenn and Barney draw on their decades of studying Olympic history to dissect the personalities, conflicts, and controversies behind the Games' embrace of the business of spectacle. Entertaining and expert, The Gold in the Rings maps the Olympics' course from paragon of purity to billion-dollar profits.

U.S. Army Olympic Equestrian Competitions 1912-1948 (Hardcover): Robert D Thompson U.S. Army Olympic Equestrian Competitions 1912-1948 (Hardcover)
Robert D Thompson
R1,375 R1,079 Discovery Miles 10 790 Save R296 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

United States Army Olympic equestrian competitions have been largely overlooked in historical writings. This book tells the stories of the triumphs, the contributions, and the failures of the U.S. Army Olympians, and also captures the humor and good times as well as the drama and disappointments of the U.S. Army Olympians from the 1912 Games in Stockholm, to the 1948 Games in London. The stories are rich in detail, and include the controversial 1936 Summer Games held in Berlin, Germany. Many personal vignettes as told by team members enhance the story.

The Olympic Tour of China - Seeing Sports, Venues, Cities and Parks All Together (Paperback): Don G Zhao The Olympic Tour of China - Seeing Sports, Venues, Cities and Parks All Together (Paperback)
Don G Zhao
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Olympic Tour of China: Seeing Sports, Venues, Cities and Parks All Together in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao and Shenyang The holding of the 2008 Olympics is an important event in the history of China. Many Chinese see it as a symbol of China's growing power and its increasingly important role in international arenas and thus have made tremendous efforts to make it successful. For many outside China, it is a great opportunity to travel to China and see the 2008 Olympic Summer Games as well as the transformation of the cities of China, even as a post Olympic tour. This guide book is to help international tourists to plan and to make a successful Olympic trip in China. This book covers: All Olympic Co-host cites in mainland China Easy way of buying Olympic event tickets Better deals in booking local hotels and air tickets Olympic events and schedule Numerous photos from inner cities How to arrive at Olympic Venues by public transportation Hotels, shops, gourmet streets and bars in the Olympic co-host cities Price negotiation skills and bilingual phrases Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao and Shenyang

Forward to Beijing - A Guide to the Summer Olympics (Paperback): Verner Bickley Forward to Beijing - A Guide to the Summer Olympics (Paperback)
Verner Bickley
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Economics of Staging the Olympics - A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008 (Paperback, New edition): Holger Preuss The Economics of Staging the Olympics - A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008 (Paperback, New edition)
Holger Preuss
R1,142 Discovery Miles 11 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Olympic Games is a unique event centering global interest on its host city. The financing of the Games has changed dramatically since Munich (1972) and economic interests and effects are increasingly paramount. It is therefore an anomaly that accurate economic analysis and comparison is not readily available. This is the most detailed study on the economic implications of recent and future Olympic Games over four decades. Holger Preuss analyses the most important issues surrounding the hosting of the Olympics, and its wider economic effects, including: * financial gigantism of the Olympic Games * commercialisation and its control * problems associated with achieving the Olympic requirements and standards * the economic legacy of Olympic Games * the feasibility of developing countries staging future Olympic Games * detailed post Olympic analysis of financial figures * conclusions on the economic related achievements of respective Organising Committees. Academics and researchers of sports economics, international economics, international business and competition will all find this fascinating book of great value. The rigorous and authoritative analysis ensures valuable information will be available for future bid cities, and in a wider context, any city planning to bid for a major sporting event. It will also appeal to those interested in the broader context of the Olympic Games and concerned by their commercialisation and gigantism.

The Economics of Staging the Olympics - A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008 (Hardcover, New title): Holger Preuss The Economics of Staging the Olympics - A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008 (Hardcover, New title)
Holger Preuss
R3,181 Discovery Miles 31 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Olympic Games is a unique event centering global interest on its host city. The financing of the Games has changed dramatically since Munich (1972) and economic interests and effects are increasingly paramount. It is therefore an anomaly that accurate economic analysis and comparison is not readily available. This is the most detailed study on the economic implications of recent and future Olympic Games over four decades. Holger Preuss analyses the most important issues surrounding the hosting of the Olympics, and its wider economic effects, including: * financial gigantism of the Olympic Games * commercialisation and its control * problems associated with achieving the Olympic requirements and standards * the economic legacy of Olympic Games * the feasibility of developing countries staging future Olympic Games * detailed post Olympic analysis of financial figures * conclusions on the economic related achievements of respective Organising Committees. Academics and researchers of sports economics, international economics, international business and competition will all find this fascinating book of great value. The rigorous and authoritative analysis ensures valuable information will be available for future bid cities, and in a wider context, any city planning to bid for a major sporting event. It will also appeal to those interested in the broader context of the Olympic Games and concerned by their commercialisation and gigantism.

Native Games - Indigenous Peoples and Sports in the Post-Colonial World (Hardcover, New): Chris Hallinan, Barry Judd Native Games - Indigenous Peoples and Sports in the Post-Colonial World (Hardcover, New)
Chris Hallinan, Barry Judd; Series edited by Kevin Young
R2,132 R2,015 Discovery Miles 20 150 Save R117 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Research on Indigenous participation in sport offers many opportunities to better understand the political issues of equality, empowerment, self-determination and protection of culture and identity. This volume compares and conceptualises the sociological significance of Indigenous sports in different international contexts. The contributions, all written by Indigenous scholars and those working directly in Indigenous/Native Studies units, provide unique studies of contemporary experiences of Indigenous sports participation. The papers investigate current understandings of Indigeneity found to circulate throughout sports, sports organisations and Indigenous communities. by (1): situating attitudes to racial and cultural difference within the broader sociological processes of post colonial Indigenous worlds (2): interrogating perceptions of Indigenous identity with reference to contemporary theories of identity drawn from Indigenous Studies and (3): providing insight to increased Indigenous participation, empowerment and personal development through sport with reference to sociological theory.

Proud - My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream (Hardcover): Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori Tharps Proud - My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream (Hardcover)
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori Tharps
R636 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey the only Black, Muslim-American in hijab, in middle school Ibtihaj discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy and elite. Though she would start fencing later than most at 12 years old, she had an undeniable talent-the sort that would soon put her on the international stage. But Ibtihaj saw something more in her Olympic journey: an opportunity to take action, to stand up and make a Muslim-American woman of color impossible to ignore. Ibtihaj's path to Olympic greatness has been marked with hateful opposition and near-debilitating challenges-bigotry from teammates at Duke University and Team USA, death threats, and social hardships as a Muslim-American. In Proud, her exhilarating emergence from young outsider to national hero and outspoken activist is a timeless, uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and resilience that hasn't been told.

US Olympic Brain Teasers (Paperback, Restored/Uncut/): Cynthia Holzschuher US Olympic Brain Teasers (Paperback, Restored/Uncut/)
Cynthia Holzschuher
R141 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R27 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is suitable for children of ages 9 to 12 years. It offers puzzles, riddles, games, and brain teasers that are based on the Olympic Games.

Managing the Paralympics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Simon Darcy, Stephen Frawley, Daryl Adair Managing the Paralympics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Simon Darcy, Stephen Frawley, Daryl Adair
R2,073 Discovery Miles 20 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book critically examines the planning, management, and operations of the world's premier event for Para sport athletes. Noting a lack of research into how these games are planned and managed, the authors of this contributed volume discuss how the Paralympics are essentially different to the Olympics and what this means for their management. Managing the Paralympics explores how the organizers and connected stakeholders effectively organize and deliver the Paralympics, taking into account what has been learned from previous events. Including emergent models of best practice from event management, project management and sport management literature, the book gives an insight into the planning of one of the world's biggest sporting events that encompasses ten impairment types and multiple sport classes within sports.

Figure Skating (Paperback, illustrated edition): United States Olympic Committee Figure Skating (Paperback, illustrated edition)
United States Olympic Committee
R83 R77 Discovery Miles 770 Save R6 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is suitable for children of ages 4 to 8 years. Keep the Olympic spirit alive! Children can learn all about the Winter Olympic Sports and catch the spirit with these highly motivational and fun-to-read Easy Olympic Sports Readers. These colourful and exciting books represent six of the most popular winter sports: Sledding, Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding. With such enticing subjects, beginning readers will visit their favourite sports often while learning how to read.

Circus Maximus - The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Andrew... Circus Maximus - The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Andrew Zimbalist
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Beyond the headlines of the world's most beloved sporting events.Brazil hosted the 2016 men's World Cup at a cost of $15 billion to $20 billion, building large, new stadiums in cities that have little use for them anymore. The projected cost of Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympic Games is estimated to be as high as $30 billion, much of it coming from the public trough. In the updated and expanded edition of his bestselling book, Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, Andrew Zimbalist tackles the claim that cities chosen to host these high-profile sporting events experience an economic windfall. In this new edition he looks at upcoming summer and winter Olympic games, discusses the recent Women's World Cup, and the upcoming men's tournament in Qatar. Circus Maximus focuses on major cities, like London, Rio, and Barcelona, that have previously hosted these sporting events, to provide context for future host cities that will bear the weight of exploding expenses, corruption, and protests. Zimbalist offers a sobering and candid look at the Olympics and the World Cup from outside the echo chamber.

Journey to Vancouver - Grades 1-3 (Paperback, New): United States Olympic Committee Journey to Vancouver - Grades 1-3 (Paperback, New)
United States Olympic Committee
R272 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R81 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is suitable for children of ages 6 to 9 years. Celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games with fun and thought provoking activities. Students learn about Vancouver, as well as Olympic history, traditions, and the sports that will be played.

Swimming Studies (Paperback): Leanne Shapton Swimming Studies (Paperback)
Leanne Shapton
R433 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Owning the Olympics - Narratives of the New China (Hardcover): Monroe E. Price, Daniel Dayan Owning the Olympics - Narratives of the New China (Hardcover)
Monroe E. Price, Daniel Dayan
R2,075 R1,884 Discovery Miles 18 840 Save R191 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"A major contribution to the study of global events in times of global media. "Owning the Olympics" tests the possibilities and limits of the concept of 'media events' by analyzing the mega-event of the information age: the Beijing Olympics. . . . A good read from cover to cover."
--Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University

From the moment they were announced, the Beijing Games were a major media event and the focus of intense scrutiny and speculation. In contrast to earlier such events, however, the Beijing Games are also unfolding in a newly volatile global media environment that is no longer monopolized by broadcast media. The dramatic expansion of media outlets and the growth of mobile communications technology have changed the nature of media events, making it significantly more difficult to regulate them or control their meaning. This volatility is reflected in the multiple, well-publicized controversies characterizing the run-up to Beijing 2008. According to many Western commentators, the People's Republic of China seized the Olympics as an opportunity to reinvent itself as the "New China"---a global leader in economics, technology, and environmental issues, with an improving human-rights record. But China's maneuverings have also been hotly contested by diverse global voices, including prominent human-rights advocates, all seeking to displace the official story of the Games.

Bringing together a distinguished group of scholars from Chinese studies, human rights, media studies, law, and other fields, "Owning the Olympics" reveals how multiple entities---including the Chinese Communist Partyitself---seek to influence and control the narratives through which the Beijing Games will be understood.

digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library dedicated to publishing innovative and accessible work exploring new media and its impact on society, culture, and scholarly communication. Visit the website at www.digitalculture.org.

The Talent Lab - The Secret to Finding, Creating and Sustaining Success (Paperback): Owen Slot, Simon Timson, Chelsea Warr The Talent Lab - The Secret to Finding, Creating and Sustaining Success (Paperback)
Owen Slot, Simon Timson, Chelsea Warr 1
R280 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R29 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

Simon Timson and Chelsea Warr were the Performance Directors of UK Sport, tasked with the outrageous objective of delivering even greater success to Team GB and ParalympicsGB at Rio than in 2012. Something no other host nation had ever achieved in the next Games.

In The Talent Lab, Owen Slot brings unique access to Team GB’s intelligence, sharing for the first time the incredible breakthroughs and insights they discovered that often extend way beyond sport. Using lessons from organisations as far afield as the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, the NFL Draft, the Royal College of Surgeons and the SAS, it shows how talent can be discovered, created, shaped and sustained.

Charting the success of the likes of Chris Hoy, Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty, Ed Clancy, Lizzy Yarnold, Dave Henson, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katherine Grainger, the Brownlee Brothers, Helen Glover, Anthony Joshua and the women’s hockey team, The Talent Lab tells just how it was done and how any team, business or individual might learn from it.

Tessa & Scott - Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold (Hardcover): Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir Tessa & Scott - Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold (Hardcover)
Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir; As told to Steve Milton
R765 R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Save R148 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Now updated and expanded with a new introduction, over 100 dazzling new photographs, and three all-new chapters covering the pair's stunning performances at the Sochi and PyeongChang Olympic Games and beyond. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the world's most decorated ice dancing duo, share the incredible and inspiring story of their path to gold. From the pair's early competitions and their history-making gold medal performance at the 2010 Winter Games that established them as icons of the sport, to their spellbinding and record-setting performance at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, this beautifully illustrated book is as much a spectacular visual history as it is a behind-the-scenes look at the ascent of two of the world's premier athletes. This new edition of Tessa & Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold contains never-before-published personal photographs and tells for the first time the full story of Tessa and Scott's post-2010 career, including their medal-winning appearances at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Sex Testing - Gender Policing in Women's Sports (Paperback): Lindsay Pieper Sex Testing - Gender Policing in Women's Sports (Paperback)
Lindsay Pieper
R507 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R49 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1968, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implemented sex testing for female athletes at that year's Games. When it became clear that testing regimes failed to delineate a sex divide, the IOC began to test for gender --a shift that allowed the organization to control the very idea of womanhood. Lindsay Parks Pieper explores sex testing in sport from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Focusing on assumptions and goals as well as means, Pieper examines how the IOC in particular insisted on a misguided binary notion of gender that privileged Western norms. Testing evolved into a tool to identify--and eliminate--athletes the IOC deemed too strong, too fast, or too successful. Pieper shows how this system punished gifted women while hindering the development of women's athletics for decades. She also reveals how the flawed notions behind testing--ideas often sexist, racist, or ridiculous--degraded the very idea of female athleticism.

India and the Olympics (Hardcover, New): Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta India and the Olympics (Hardcover, New)
Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta
R3,237 Discovery Miles 32 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In most accounts of Olympic history across the world, India's Olympic journey is a mere footnote. This book is a corrective. Drawing on newly available and hitherto unused archival sources, it demonstrates that India was an important strategic outpost in the Olympic movement that started as a global phenomenon at the turn of the twentieth century. Among the questions the authors answer are: When and how did the Olympic ideology take root in India? Who were the early players and why did they appropriate Olympic sport to further their political ambitions? What explains India's eight consecutive gold medals in Olympic men s hockey between 1928 and 1956 and what altered the situation drastically, so much so that the team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games? India and the Olympics also explores why the Indian elite became obsessed with the Olympic ideal at the turn of the twentieth century and how this obsession relates to India's quest for a national and international identity. It conclusively validates the contention that the essence of Olympism does not reside in medals won, records broken or television rights sold as ends in themselves. Particularly for India, the Olympic movement, including the relevant records and statistics, is important because it provides a unique prism to understand the complex evolution of modern Indian society.

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