The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective (Google eBook)

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CABI, Nov 8, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
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This 2nd edition of a highly successful book (published in 2000) provides a comprehensive, critical analysis of the Olympic Games using a multi-disciplinary social science approach. This revised edition contains much new data relating to the Sydney 2000 Games and their aftermath; and preparations for Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. The book is broad-ranging and independent in its coverage, and includes the use of drugs, sex testing, accusations of power abuse among members of the IOC, the Games as a stage for political protest, media-related controversies, economic costs and benefits of the Games and historical conflicts between organizers and host communities.
  

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Contents

Studying the Olympic Games
1
2 The Ancient Olympics and their Relevance to the Modern Games
9
3 The Revival of the Olympic Games
26
4 The Modern Olympic Phenomenon
41
5 Politics Nationalism and the Olympic Movement
84
6 The Economics and Financing of the Games
121
7 The Olympics and the Mass Media
145
8 Doping and the Olympics
168
9 Women and the Olympic Games
194
10 Case Studies of the Summer Olympic Games
222
11 The Future of the Olympic Games
274
Websites Films Videos CDs DVDs
288
References
291
Index
330
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