Research on the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the world’s foremost sporting mega-events. They are also a key subject of study for students and researchers working in Sport Studies, Event Studies and associated disciplines. 

Routledge are delighted to showcase a collection of our new and popular titles on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Please browse the categories located on the left to explore our featured books. 

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New Books

  • Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games

    1st Edition

    By Danyel Reiche

    The Olympic Games is undoubtedly the greatest sporting event in the world, with over 200 countries competing for success. This important new study of the Olympics investigates why some countries are more successful than others. Which factors determine their failure or success? What is the…

    Hardback – 2016-07-25
    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • The Paralympic Games Explained

    Second Edition, 2nd Edition

    By Ian Brittain

    The Paralympic Games is the second largest multi-sport festival on earth and an event which poses profound and challenging questions about the nature of sport, disability and society. The Paralympic Games Explained is the first complete introduction to the Paralympic phenomenon, exploring every key…

    Paperback – 2016-06-30

  • Olympic Exclusions

    Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies, 1st Edition

    By Jacqueline Kennelly

    Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do…

    Hardback – 2016-06-09
    Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

  • Designing the Olympics

    Representation, Participation, Contestation, 1st Edition

    By Jilly Traganou

    Designing the Olympics claims that the Olympic Games provide opportunities to reflect on the relationship between design, national identity, and citizenship. The "Olympic design milieu" fans out from the construction of the Olympic city and the creation of emblems, mascots, and ceremonies, to the…

    Hardback – 2016-05-26
    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Understanding the Olympics

    2nd Edition

    By John Horne, Garry Whannel

    The Olympic Games is unquestionably the greatest sporting event in the world, with billions of viewers across the globe. How did the Olympics evolve into this multi-national phenomenon? How can the Olympics help us to understand the relationship between sport and society? What will be the impact…

    Paperback – 2016-05-17

  • Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Volume Two: Celebrating the Games, 1st Edition

    Edited by Vassil Girginov

    The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the first authoritative and comprehensive account of the world’s greatest sporting and cultural event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05

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This FreeBook brings together a collection of chapters from some of our most recent and most significant titles in Olympic and Paralympic Studies, written by leading experts and showcasing key themes, issues and perspectives. 

Olympic and Paralympic Studies Freebook

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Free-to-View Chapters

To celebrate the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Routledge is offering selected book chapters completely free-to-view! 

Free Journal Articles

Looking for more free-to-view content? Our Journals team have put together an article collection to investigate the depth of research surrounding the Olympics, and other, global mega-events.