Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics, and Activism

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SUNY Press, Jul 14, 2000 - Social Science - 216 pages
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In a startling expose of the Olympic industry, Helen Jefferson Lenskyj goes beyond the media hype of international goodwill and spirited competition to uncover a darker side of the global Games. She reports on the pre- and post-Olympic impacts from recent host cities, bribery investigations and their outcomes, grassroots resistance movements, and the role of the mass media in the controversy. A highly accessible book about a complex subject that touches the hearts of sports fans everywhere, Inside the Olympic Industry is a must-read, behind-the-scenes look at the politics surrounding the choice of Sydney, Australia as host city for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Salt Lake City The Beginning
9
The Scandals Unfold A Long History
21
Olympic Family Solidarity Creative Connotations
41
Toronto and Sydney Olympic Bids When Winners Are Losers
61
The Hidden Costs Olympic Impacts and Urban Politics
93
Up Against the Olympic Industry International Resistance
107
Resistance in Atlanta and Sydney Bread Not Circuses
133
Corporate Environmentalism Olympic Shades of Green
155
The Mass Media and the Olympic Industry Manufacturing Consent?
173
Conclusion
191
References
197
Index
211
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Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Women, Sport, and Physical Activity: Selected Research Themes and Out of Bounds: Women, Sport, and Sexuality.

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