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Olympic Games as Performance and Public Event - The Case of the XVII Winter Olympic Games in Norway (Paperback, Illustrated... Olympic Games as Performance and Public Event - The Case of the XVII Winter Olympic Games in Norway (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Arne Martin Klausen
R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sports, and in particular the Olympic Games, are enjoying a rapid increase in interest among social scientists worldwide, who see them as important "public events." This volume offers the first analysis of the Winter Olympic Games, primarily based on the Lillehammer Games of 1994. The authors identify "olympism" as a key agent in the modernization process and, more specifically, ask how the winter games, as a mega-event, relate to Norwegian culture and ethos. The authors of these specially commissioned papers examine various aspects of this encounter, including problems such as gender as related to nature and culture, masculinity and heroism, national identity and invention of tradition, the impact of venue construction on a traditional cultural landscape, the ideological criticism of the I.O.C. as it emerged, dramatically, before the opening of the Games and the conflict between the Norwegians and the Greeks over the ritual status of the two flames used during the torch relay, one from Olympia and one from Morgedal in Telemark, "the cradle of skiing."

Olympic Games as Performance and Public Event - The Case of the XVII Winter Olympic Games in Norway (Hardcover, Illustrated... Olympic Games as Performance and Public Event - The Case of the XVII Winter Olympic Games in Norway (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Arne Martin Klausen
R2,388 Discovery Miles 23 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sports, and in particular the Olympic Games, are enjoying a rapid increase in interest among social scientists worldwide, who see them as important "public events." This volume offers the first analysis of the Winter Olympic Games, primarily based on the Lillehammer Games of 1994. The authors identify "olympism" as a key agent in the modernization process and, more specifically, ask how the winter games, as a mega-event, relate to Norwegian culture and ethos. The authors of these specially commissioned papers examine various aspects of this encounter, including problems such as gender as related to nature and culture, masculinity and heroism, national identity and invention of tradition, the impact of venue construction on a traditional cultural landscape, the ideological criticism of the I.O.C. as it emerged, dramatically, before the opening of the Games and the conflict between the Norwegians and the Greeks over the ritual status of the two flames used during the torch relay, one from Olympia and one from Morgedal in Telemark, "the cradle of skiing."

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