Research on the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Olympics and Paralympics Studies

  • 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
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    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Olympic Cities

    City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2020, 3rd Edition

    Edited by John R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

    The first edition of Olympic Cities, published in 2007, provided a pioneering overview of the changing relationship between cities and the modern Olympic Games. This substantially revised and enlarged third edition builds on the success of its predecessors. The first of its three parts provides…

    Paperback – 2016-07-11
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    Planning, History and Environment Series

  • Policing the 2012 London Olympics

    Legacy and Social Exclusion, 1st Edition

    By Gary Armstrong, Richard Giulianotti, Dick Hobbs

    The summer Olympic Games are renowned for producing the world’s biggest single-city cultural event. While the Olympics and other sport mega-events have received growing levels of academic investigation from a variety of disciplinary approaches, relatively little is known about how such occasions…

    Hardback – 2016-07-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Ethnography

  • 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
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  • 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
    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
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    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
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  • Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Volume One: Making the Games, 1st Edition

    Edited by Vassil Girginov

    The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an 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 preparation phase…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05
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  • 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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  • The Olympic Legacy

    Social Scientific Explorations, 1st Edition

    Edited by Alan Tomlinson

    This comprehensive collection provides an overview of social scientific perspectives on Olympic legacy, using specialist analyses and selected cases to illuminate the recurring anthropological, political, and sociological dimensions of the legacy debate. Drawing upon research conducted on the…

    Hardback – 2015-11-24
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    Contemporary Issues in Social Science

  • The Youth Olympic Games

    1st Edition

    Edited by Dag Vidar Hanstad, Milena M. Parent, Barrie Houlihan

    The first summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were held in Singapore in 2010 and the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. The IOC hopes that the YOG will encourage young people to be more active and that they will bring the Olympic movement closer to its original founding values.…

    Paperback – 2015-11-06
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    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Tourism at the Olympic Games

    Visiting the World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mike Robinson, Josef Ploner

    Going far beyond being just a mega sport event, the Olympic Games are, and have been in the past, important settings for tourism and cultural change. Hosting the Olympic Games presents a unique opportunity for countries to promote, regenerate, and develop cities and regions, and to firmly locate…

    Hardback – 2015-10-02
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  • The London Olympics and Urban Development

    The Mega-Event City, 1st Edition

    Edited by Gavin Poynter, Valerie Viehoff, Yang Li

    As London sought to use the Olympics to achieve an ambitious programme of urban renewal in the relatively socially deprived East London it attracted global attention and sparked debate. This book provides an in-depth study of the transformation of East London as a result of the 2012 Summer Olympic…

    Hardback – 2015-07-21
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    Regions and Cities

  • Olympic Studies

    1st Edition

    Edited by Vassil Girginov

    Modern Olympism emerged at the end of the nineteenth century as a philosophy of social reform that sought to use sport for the betterment of the world. It drew on a number of intellectual and material sources, including the ancient Greek heritage, philosophical ideas of Enlightenment, the English…

    Hardback – 2014-08-29
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  • Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

    1st Edition

    By Jules Boykoff

    The Olympic Games have become the world’s greatest media and marketing event—a global celebration of exceptional athletics gilded with corporate cash. Huge corporations vie for association with the "Olympic Image" in the hope of gaining a worldwide marketing audience of billions. In this…

    Paperback – 2014-06-23
    Routledge
    Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

  • The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy

    1st Edition

    By Beatriz Garcia

    This book explores how cultural policies are reflected in the design, management and promotion of the Olympic Games. Garcia examines the concept and evolution of cultural policies throughout the recent history of the Olympic Games and then specifically evaluates the cultural program of the Sydney…

    Paperback – 2014-06-19
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    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Host Cities and the Olympics

    An Interactionist Approach, 1st Edition

    By Harry Hiller

    Rather than interpreting the Olympics as primarily a sporting event of international or national significance, this book understands the Games as a civic project for the host city that serves as a catalyst for a variety of urban interests over a period of many years from the bidding phase through…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
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    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • Olympic Marketing

    1st Edition

    By Alain Ferrand, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Benoit Seguin

    The Olympic Games have become the definitive sports event, with an unparalleled global reach and a remarkably diverse constituency of stakeholders, from the IOC and International Federations to athletes, sponsors and fans. It has been estimated, for example, that 3.6 billion people (about half of…

    Paperback – 2012-04-30
    Routledge

  • The Olympics: The Basics

    1st Edition

    By Andy Miah, Beatriz Garcia

    The Olympics: The Basics is an accessible, contemporary introduction to the Olympic movement and Games. Chapters explain how the Olympics transcend sports, engaging us with a range of contemporary philosophical, social, cultural and political matters, including: peace development and diplomacy…

    Paperback – 2012-01-19
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    The Basics

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