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The Politics of the Olympics

A Survey, 1st Edition

Edited by Alan Bairner, Gyozo Molnar


264 pages

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The Politics of the Olympics: A Survey provides information on and analysis of the relationship between politics and the Olympic Games. It is argued and demonstrated throughout the book that sport and politics have been and are intimately connected and nowhere is this relationship more apparent than in the Olympic Games.

The essay chapters, including an editorial introduction, are written by a variety of academic experts. They focus on the politics of the Olympic movement, the politics of hosting the Games, the political implications of performance enhancement, and gender, terrorism and physical impairment within the Olympic context. The remaining chapters are case studies that are specific to certain countries or regions – Germany during the rise to power of National Socialism, Eastern Europe in the Cold War era, South Korea and Taiwan. Each chapter is accompanied by a select bibliography.

The A-Z Glossary provides up-to-date and concise information on famous Olympians, presidents of the International Olympic Committee, specific events, boycotts and demonstrations – each of which has been politically significant in the history of the Games. Entries are cross-referenced for ease of use.

A map of the venues for the Olympic Games is also included.

Table of Contents

The Politics of the Olympics: An Introduction Alan Bairner and Gyozo Molnar Olympic Power, Olympic Politics: Behind the Scenes Helen Jefferson Lenskyj The Politics of Hosting the Olympic Games John Horne Politics of Gender Through the Olympics: The Changing Nature of Women’s Involvement in the Olympics Susan J. Bandy The Politics of Performance Enhancement in the Olympic Games Rob Beamish Disability, Olympism and Paralympism P. David Howe The Olympics and Terrorism David L. Andrews, Jaime Schultz and Michael L. Silk Berlin 1936 Christopher Young The Olympics and the Cold War: An Eastern European Perspective Miklós Hadas The Olympics in the Post-Soviet Era: The Case of the Two Koreas Jung Woo Lee Taiwanese Identities and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Ping-Chao Lee, Alan Bairner and Tien-Chin Tan A–Z glossary Alan Bairner and Gyozo Molnar

About the Editors

Alan Bairner is Professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University (UK), having previously worked at the University of Ulster for 25 years. He is co-author (with John Sugden) of Sport, Sectarianism and Society in a Divided Ireland (1993) and author of Sport, Nationalism and Globalization: European and North American Perspectives (2001). He edited Sport and the Irish: Histories, Identities, Issues (2005) and wsa joint editor (with John Sugden) of Sport in Divided Societies (1999) and (with Jonathan Magee and Alan Tomlinson) of The Bountiful Game? Football Identities and Finances (2005). He serves on the editorial boards of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and the International Journal of Sport Policy.

Gyozo Molnar is Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester (UK). He completed his doctorate in the sociology of sport at Loughborough University, was the co-ordinator for the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research, and has taught modules in the areas of sociology and politics of sports and exercise. His recent publications and research revolved around migration, football, globalization, national identity, the Olympics and sport-related role exit.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
SCIENCE / Biotechnology