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The Olympics, Media and Society (Hardcover, New): Kim Bissell, Stephen D Perry The Olympics, Media and Society (Hardcover, New)
Kim Bissell, Stephen D Perry
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Out of stock

When the general public follow the Olympic Games on television, on the internet, even in the newspapers, they feel like they have themselves experienced the performances of the athletes. This book explores whether it is ever possible to experience the Olympic Games as an athletic event without considering the effect of the media. It addresses a multitude of ways in which the intermediary of media production alters the experience of the Olympics. Spectators watching Olympic events from the stands are less subjected to the language of the commentators, journalists, and even the athlete interviews as they form impressions and understandings of the games. However, even those who sit in the stands for the opening ceremonies or walk down the streets of the Olympic Village and the host city are treated to media spectacles that are intentionally produced to display the attitudes, values, and beliefs of the host country and its Olympic Committee. This book performs the important task of analysing ways in which the media serves as both an integral component and an arbiter of the Games for society. This book was originally published as a special issue of Mass Communication and Society.

Olympic Television - Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth (Hardcover): Andrew C. Billings, James R. Angelini, Paul J.... Olympic Television - Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth (Hardcover)
Andrew C. Billings, James R. Angelini, Paul J. MacArthur
R3,243 Discovery Miles 32 430 Out of stock

As the Olympic spectacle grows, broadcast coverage becomes bigger, more complex, and more sophisticated. Part sporting event, part reality show, and part global festival, the Olympics can be seen as both intensely nationalistic and a celebration of a shared sense of international community. This book sheds new light on how the Olympic experience has been shaped by television and expanded across multiple platforms and formats. Combining a multitude of approaches ranging from interviews to content analyses to audience surveys, the book explores the production, influence, and significance of Olympic media in contemporary society. Built on a central case study of NBC's coverage of the Rio Games in 2016, which is then placed within 20 years of content analyses, the book focuses on the entire Olympic television process from production to content to effects. Touching on key themes such as race, gender, history, consumerism, identity, nationalism, and storytelling, Olympic Television: Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth is fascinating reading for any student or scholar with an interest in sport, media, and the global impact of mega-events.

The Triple Asian Olympics - Asia Rising - The Pursuit of National Identity, International Recognition and Global Esteem... The Triple Asian Olympics - Asia Rising - The Pursuit of National Identity, International Recognition and Global Esteem (Paperback)
J.A. Mangan, Sandra Collins, Gwang Ok
R1,066 Discovery Miles 10 660 Out of stock

Realpolitik as a component of the Olympic Games held in East Asia has been largely ignored by historians. However, sport was an integral part of cultural diplomacy and the expression of national prowess for the three Games held in East Asia: 1964 Tokyo, 1988 Seoul and 2008 Beijing. It is time this was recorded. The Olympic Games had transformational political, economic and cultural effects for the host cities and countries. This also is a neglected topic. The Triple Asian Olympics: Asia Rising explores the realities of global transformation, regional ascendancy and metaphorical modernity of the East Asian Olympics and, by extension, East Asia. As the axis of global geo-political and economic power shifts to the East, analyzing the significance of the Olympic Games in East Asia becomes significant to an understanding the shifting nature of the nations of East Asia. The Triple Asian Games are harbingers of dramatic geopolitical change. This is the first study to record, confront and examine this contemporary phenomenon. For this reason, this unique collection promises to attract a wide readership. This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Chinese Subjectivities and the Beijing Olympics (Hardcover): Gladys Pak Lei Chong Chinese Subjectivities and the Beijing Olympics (Hardcover)
Gladys Pak Lei Chong
R2,386 Discovery Miles 23 860 Out of stock

Chinese Subjectivities and the Beijing Olympics develops the Foucauldian concept of productive power through examining the ways in which the Chinese government tried to mobilize the population to embrace its Olympic project through deploying various sets of strategies and tactics. It argues that the multifaceted strategies, tactics, and discourses deployed by the Chinese authorities sustain an order of things and values in such a way that drive individuals to commit themselves actively to the goals of the party-state. The book examines how these processes of subjectification are achieved by zooming in on five specific groups of the population: athletes, young Olympic volunteers, taxi drivers, Chinese citizens targeted by place-making projects, and the Hong Kong population. In doing so it probes critically into the role of individuals and how they take on the governmental ideas to become responsible autonomous subjects.

Behind the Scenes at the Olympics (Hardcover): Joanne Mattern, James Mattern Behind the Scenes at the Olympics (Hardcover)
Joanne Mattern, James Mattern
R504 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R42 (8%) Out of stock

Find out how host cities are chosen; how politics, drug use, and terrorism affect the Games; and what the future holds.

America's First Olympics - The St. Louis Games of 1904 (Electronic book text): George Matthews America's First Olympics - The St. Louis Games of 1904 (Electronic book text)
George Matthews
R801 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R179 (22%) Out of stock
Costume - A Volume for the London Olympics (Paperback, New): John Hughson Costume - A Volume for the London Olympics (Paperback, New)
John Hughson
R982 Discovery Miles 9 820 Out of stock

This volume, consisting of papers originally delivered at the Sport and Fashion symposium in 2011, celebrates the connection between sport and the clothes and fashion which are associated with certain sporting activities. Articles include a study of Olympic swimming costumes, women's sport during the inter-war period, the use of sportsmen by clothing industries for brand marketing, and the aesthetic significance of certain items of clothing, specifically the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 Argentina-England World Cup quarter final. For more information, visit: www.maney.co.uk/journals/cos

Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History (Paperback): Paul Christesen Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History (Paperback)
Paul Christesen
R1,314 Discovery Miles 13 140 Out of stock

This book is a comprehensive examination of Olympic victor lists. The origins, development, content, and structure of Olympic victor lists are explored and explained, and a number of important questions, such as the source and reliability of the year of 776 for the first Olympics, are addressed. Olympic victor lists emerge as a clearly defined type of literature that is best understood as a group of closely related texts. This book offers a fresh perspective on works by familiar writers such as Diodorus Siculus and a sense of the potential importance of less-well-known authors such as Phlegon of Tralleis.

The Making of a Miracle - The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (MP3 format,... The Making of a Miracle - The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (MP3 format, CD)
George Newbern; Mike Eruzione, Neal E Boudette, Neal Boudette
R907 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R262 (29%) Out of stock
The Time of Our Lives - Inside the Sydney Olympics (Paperback): Harry Gordon The Time of Our Lives - Inside the Sydney Olympics (Paperback)
Harry Gordon
R906 R715 Discovery Miles 7 150 Save R191 (21%) Out of stock

The only book on the Sydney Olympics with the official sanction of the AOC. Jounalist Harry Gordon gives the inside story of the Australian Olympic Games and reveals previously unpublished, behind- the-scenes stories about the preparation for the Olympic Games. Features foreword by Cathy Freeman, Reflections by Ian Thorpe.

9 Athletes to Watch in the 2018 Winter Olympics (MP3 format, CD): Kit Ramgopal 9 Athletes to Watch in the 2018 Winter Olympics (MP3 format, CD)
Kit Ramgopal; Narrated by Peter Berkrot
R665 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock
Chasing Grace - What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life (Standard format, CD, Library ed.): Sanya Richards-Ross Chasing Grace - What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life (Standard format, CD, Library ed.)
Sanya Richards-Ross; Read by Sanya Richards-Ross
R1,109 R970 Discovery Miles 9 700 Save R139 (13%) Out of stock
The Price of Gold - The Toll and Triumph of One Man's Olympic Dream (MP3 format, CD): Marty Nothstein The Price of Gold - The Toll and Triumph of One Man's Olympic Dream (MP3 format, CD)
Marty Nothstein; Read by Fleet Cooper
R237 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R58 (24%) Out of stock
The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games (Paperback): Barry A Sanders The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games (Paperback)
Barry A Sanders
R509 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R100 (20%) Out of stock

The Games of the XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles 1984, reimagined the Olympic Games and reinvigorated a troubled Olympic movement. Its innovations included the following: a nationwide torch relay that yielded millions for children's charities; an arts festival that surpassed any prior efforts; the first Opening Ceremony featuring a professional theatrical extravaganza; new sports disciplines, such as distance races for women, windsurfing, synchronized swimming, heptathlon, and rhythmic gymnastics; an army of volunteers; vast increases in sponsorship and television revenue while avoiding commercialization and keeping expenses low using existing facilities; and a financial surplus of over $232 million, which has endowed sports for youngsters in the Los Angeles area to this day--all through a privately financed organizing committee without government contributions.

Triumph - The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jeremy Schaap Triumph - The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jeremy Schaap; Narrated by Michael Kramer
R678 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.
Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale. From the start, American participation in the games was controversial. A boycott, based on reports of Nazi hostility to Jews, was afoot, but it was thwarted by the president of the American Olympic Committee. At the games themselves the plots and intrigues continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. Two Jewish sprinters were, at the last moment, denied the chance to compete for the United States out of misguided politeness to the Nazi hosts. And a myth was born that Hitler himself had snubbed Owens.
Like Neal Bascomb's "The Perfect Mile" and David Margolick's "Beyond Glory," "Triumph" captures this momentous episode in sports, and world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color.

Inside the Five Ring Circus - Changing Global Sports and the Modern Olympics (Paperback): International Association of... Inside the Five Ring Circus - Changing Global Sports and the Modern Olympics (Paperback)
International Association of Athletics Federations; Ollan Cassell
R589 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R52 (9%) Out of stock
Grace & Glory - A Century of Women in the Olympics (Hardcover): Triumph Books Grace & Glory - A Century of Women in the Olympics (Hardcover)
Triumph Books
R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Out of stock

From 1000 B.C. to the present, Grace and Glory takes readers on an amazing journey from ancient Greece to Atlanta, celebrating women's efforts along the way. This special collection features memorabilia that has never been released to the public, including rare color and archival photos, antique prints and posters, reproductions of costumes, stamps and trading cards, and historic magazine and newspaper clippings. Full color throughout.

The Games - A Global History of the Olympics (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): David Goldblatt The Games - A Global History of the Olympics (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
David Goldblatt; Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
R779 R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 Save R179 (23%) Out of stock
Going for Wisconsin Gold - Stories of Our State Olympians (Paperback): Jessie Garcia Going for Wisconsin Gold - Stories of Our State Olympians (Paperback)
Jessie Garcia
R482 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R35 (7%) Out of stock
One Glorious Summer - A Photographic History of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games (Hardcover): Glenn Hannigan One Glorious Summer - A Photographic History of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games (Hardcover)
Glenn Hannigan
R605 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R64 (11%) Out of stock
More than Just Games - Canada and the 1936 Olympics (Hardcover): Richard Menkis, Harold R. Troper More than Just Games - Canada and the 1936 Olympics (Hardcover)
Richard Menkis, Harold R. Troper
R1,604 R1,502 Discovery Miles 15 020 Save R102 (6%) Out of stock

Held in Germany, the 1936 Olympic Games sparked international controversy. Should athletes and nations boycott the games to protest the Nazi regime? More Than Just Games is the history of Canada's involvement in the 1936 Olympics. It is the story of the Canadian Olympic officials and promoters who were convinced that national unity and pride demanded that Canadian athletes compete in the Olympics without regard for politics. It is the story of those Canadian athletes, mostly young and far more focused on sport than politics, who were eager to make family, friends, and country proud of their efforts on Canada's behalf. And, finally, it is the story of those Canadians who led an unsuccessful campaign to boycott the Olympics and deny Nazi Germany the propaganda coup of serving as an Olympic host. Written by two noted historians of Canadian Jewish history, Richard Menkis and Harold Troper, More than Just Games brings to life the collision of politics, patriotism, and the passion of sport on the eve of the Second World War.

Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (Hardcover, 3rd Edition): Ian Buchanan, Bill Mallon Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (Hardcover, 3rd Edition)
Ian Buchanan, Bill Mallon
R2,274 Discovery Miles 22 740 Out of stock

The third edition of this fascinating book deals with both levels of the competition--the competitive side and the administrative side. The dictionary includes hundreds of cross-referenced entries on the major sports, more outstanding athletes, participating countries and numerous bodies in the organization as well as successive generations of officials--starting with the founder, Pierre de Coubertin. Two chronologies trace the history of the Olympic movement back to the Ancient Olympiad first celebrated in Greece in 776 B.C. as well as all of the modern Games up to Athens in 2004. The appendixes then provide elusive facts on the Games, the officials, the torchbearers, and the top Olympic medal winners.

Drawing the Games - A Story of London 2012 Commissioned by the Mayor of London (Hardcover): Boris Johnson, Richard Dorment,... Drawing the Games - A Story of London 2012 Commissioned by the Mayor of London (Hardcover)
Boris Johnson, Richard Dorment, Nicholas Garland
R543 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R54 (10%) Out of stock

One year on, new exhibition and book bring back memories of Olympic and Paralympic summerWith exciting sporting and cultural events planned to mark the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, members of the public are being offered the opportunity to own a unique memento of last year's incredible summer. Renowned artist and illustrator Nicholas Garland OBE has captured the colour and spirit of the Games in a series of evocative pictures being exhibited at City Hall and due to be published in a new book.

Putin's Olympics - The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (Paperback): Robert W. Orttung, Sufian... Putin's Olympics - The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (Paperback)
Robert W. Orttung, Sufian N. Zhemukhov
R1,105 Discovery Miles 11 050 Out of stock

President Vladimir Putin's Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia's return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin's style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country's development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin's system.

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games - Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Hardcover): Matthew Llewellyn, John Gleaves, Wayne Wilson The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games - Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Hardcover)
Matthew Llewellyn, John Gleaves, Wayne Wilson
R3,228 Discovery Miles 32 280 Out of stock

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games stand as the most profitable and arguably the most important event in the history of the modern Olympic movement. Fresh off the back of the financially disastrous Montreal Games of 1976 and the politically controversial Moscow Games of 1980, the Olympic movement returned to the United States for the sixth time in an attempt to salvage the economic viability and global prestige of the Olympics. The Los Angeles Olympics proved to be both provocative and polarizing. On the one hand they have been heralded as an overwhelming, transformative success, ushering the Olympic movement into the modern commercial age. On the other hand, critics have repudiated the Games as a manifestation of commercial excess and a platform for western political and cultural propaganda. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Olympics, this volume examines their legacy. With an international collection of contributing scholars, this volume will span a range of global legacies, including the increasing commercialization of the Games, the changing participation of women, the Communist boycott movement, nationalism and sporting identity, and the modernization and California-cation of the Games. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

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