The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacemaking

Edited by Ramón Spaaij, Cindy Burleson

© 2014 – Routledge

172 pages

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About the Book

Sport and peacemaking have evolved. It is no longer the case that the Olympic Games and war games exist in isolation from each other. Increasingly, policymakers, peacekeepers, athletes, development workers, presidents of nations and others combine forces in an "integrated" approach towards peace. This approach is located not only within the broader, historically evolved Olympic Movement but also in relation to a newly emerged social movement which promotes development and peace through sport. This book critically examines the ways in which this development is being played out at global, national and local levels, particularly in relation to the Olympic Movement and initiatives such as the biennial Olympic Truce Resolution.

The volume constitutes a unique scholarly attempt to provide an in-depth comparative analysis of the sport of peacemaking in the context of the Olympic Movement. Through international comparison and empirically grounded case studies, the book provides an important new departure in the study of the social impact of the Olympic Movement and related peacemaking efforts. It discusses these issues from a range of academic disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, economics, geography, philosophy and international relations.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

1. Olympic rings of peace? The Olympic movement, peacemaking and intercultural understanding Ramón Spaaij Part I: Philosophical and historical foundations 2. The power of sport in peacemaking and peacekeeping Jim Parry 3. Pierre de Coubertin’s vision of the role of sport in peaceful internationalism Irena Martínková 4. The ancient Olympic Truce in modern-day peacekeeping: revisiting Ekecheiria Cindy Burleson Part II: Global politics and international relations 5. An overlooked path to peace and stability: sport, the state, and the case of the Koreas Darin H. Van Tassell and Dené A. Terry 6. Transforming an international organization: norm confusion and the International Olympic Committee Dan Bousfield and Jean Michel Montsion 7. More than just Games: the global politics of the Olympic movement Liam Stockdale Part III: Development and peace legacies 8. The Paralympic Games as a force for peaceful coexistence Ian Brittain 9. Olympism in Action, Olympic hosting and the politics of ‘sport for development and peace’: investigating the promises of Rio 2016 Simon Darnell 10. Accounting for legacy: monitoring and evaluation in sport in development relationships Tess Kay 11. Epilogue: London 2012 and beyond: concluding reflections on peacemaking, sport and the Olympic movement Ramón Spaaij and Cindy Burleson

About the Editors

Ramón Spaaij is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Cindy Burleson is Chair of The International Sibling Society, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General
SPO058000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Olympics