As the world’s greatest sporting event, the Olympic Games has always commanded intrigue, analysis and comment in equal measure. This book looks to celebrate the significance of the Olympics, their historical impact, controversies that presently surround them and their possible future direction. It begins with a detailed, if controversial, analysis of the scale of the modern Summer Olympics and considers whether in fact the Games have simply become too big? Thereafter considerable coverage is afforded the often contentious bidding process, required of successful host cities wishing to attract the Games, and asks why some cities are successful and others are not. This book also reflects on the growing security measures that surround the Olympics and considers their full impact on the civil liberties of those impacted by them. For scholars of the Olympic movement this book represents essential reading to understand further the Olympic Games, their significance and effect, as the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro draw ever closer.
This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
1. Reflecting upon the Olympic movement: issues and influences David Hassan and Shakya Mitra 2. Managing the size of the Olympic Games Jean-Loup Chappelet 3. Global localities: Olympic bidding as a case study in globalization Molly C. Tolzmann 4. In search of an Olympic Legacy: the story of India’s failed Olympic bid Kausik Bandyopadhyay 5. London 2012: multiculturalism, diversity and the Indian perspective Shakya Mitra 6. Securing the Olympics: At what price? David Hassan 7. Football and the Olympics and the Paralympics Kevin Moore 8. London 2012, Chariots of Fire resurrected and Colombes stadium today: hype, history, and Olympic realities Robert B. Kebric 9. Between tightness and looseness: the politics of the London Games in light of the Beijing Games Hans Bonde
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.