The Olympic ideal and the Olympic Games stand as symbols of global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through the medium of sports. However, throughout the twentieth century, Olympic rhetoric was often confronted by a different reality. The Games have regularly been faced by crises that have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Given the many changes that have occurred in the Olympic Games during the past century it seems reasonable to ask if this global event has a future and, if so, what form it might take. With this larger issue in mind, the authors of Post-Olympism? ask probing questions about the following: the infamous 1936 Olympics the effect of new technologies on the Games the future impact of the 2008 Beijing Games on China and of China on the Olympics the local and regional impact of the Sydney green Olympics the Games and globalization Disneyfication racism drug abuse The book provides a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics and will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the Games.
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The Future of Multi-Sport Mega EventsRichard Cashman, University of New South WalesTroping Along: A Historian's View of Olympic ScholarshipDouglas Booth, University of OtagoCitius, Altius, Fortius: A Critique and a ReinterpetationSigmund Loland, Norwegian Sports University, Oslo"What's the Difference between Propaganda for Tourism or for a Political Regime?" The 1936 Olympics in World PerspectiveArnd Krger, University of GttingenAccelerating Olympism: The Poetics and Problematics of Nano, Virtual, and Cyborg Sport TechnologiesSynthia Sydnor, University of IllinoisThe Aesthetic Dimensions of SportSoren Damkjaer, University of CopenhagenDrugs and the Olympics in the Context of AestheticsVerner Moller, University of South Denmark, OdenseOlympic Legacies: Sport, Space and the Practices of Everyday LifeDouglas Brown, University of AlbertaOlympism, Post-Humanism and the Spectacle of RaceBen Carrington, University of BrightonChina and OlympismSusan Brownell, University of Missouri, St LouisThe Global, the Popular and the Inter-Popular: Olympic Sport between Market, State and Civil SocietyHenning Eichberg, IFO, DenmarkLaying Olympism to RestKevin Wamsley, University of Western OntarioSportive Nationalism in an Age of GlobalizationJohn Hoberman, University of TexasMaking the World Safe for Global Capital? The Sydney 2000 OlympicsHelen Lenskyj, University of Toronto The Disneyfication of the Olympics: Selling the SpectacleAlan Tomlinson, University of Brighton
John Bale Visiting Professor of Sports Studies,University of Aarhus, Denmark and Professor of Sports Geography, Keele University Mette Krogh Christensen Assistant Professor in Sports Studies, Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus