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
- 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
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