2005  Young, K. and K. Wamsley (Eds.), Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Press.

The Olympic Games have become a subject of major importance to students, academics, sports bodies, politicians, urban planners, and the public at large. The Olympic rings are among the most recognized symbols in the world, and there are few other cultural phenomena that attract such an ardent following in the popular media or such widespread support among the nations of the world. Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games draws together some of the world’s leading scholars on critical issues emerging from ancient Olympic contests and over a century of modern Olympic history. A wide range of expertise permits the authors to address these issues from varied perspectives, while encompassing an in-depth assessment of the current literature and debates on the historical and sociological significance of the Olympic Games.



Table of Contents


Introduction: Coubertin’s Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth (Kevin Wamsley and Kevin Young)

Part I: The History and Development of the Olympic Games

1. From Olympia 776 BC to Athens 2004: The Origin and Authenticity of the Modern Olympic Games (David Young)

2. The Olympic Games Experience: Origins and Early Challenges (Douglas Brown)

3. The Nazi Olympics of 1936 (Arnd Kruger)

4. The Cold War Games (Cesar Torres and Mark Dyreson)

5. Amateurism, High-Performance Sport, and the Olympics (Hart Cantelon)

6. Olympic Men and Women: The Politics of Gender in the Modern Games (Kevin Wamsley and Gertrud Pfister)

7. International Politics and Olympic Governance (Barrie Houlihan)

8. ‘ANOTHER World Is Possible’: Recapturing Alternative Olympic Histories, Imagining Different Games (Bruce Kidd)

Part II: The Olympic Games: Contemporary Issues and Controversies

9. The Five Rings and the Small Screen: Television, Sponsorship, and New Media in the Olympic Movement (Garry Whannel)

10. The Commercialisation of the Olympics: Cities, Corporations, and the Olympic Commodity (Alan Tomlinson)

11. Lobbying Orgies: Olympic City Bids in the Post-Los Angeles Era (Douglas Booth)

12. Symbols Without Substance: Aboriginal Peoples and the Illusions Of Olympic (Janice Forsyth and Kevin Wamsley)

13. Olympic Drug Testing: An Interpretive History (John Hoberman)

14. Political Violence, Terrorism, and 13 Security at the Olympic Games (Michael Atkinson and Kevin Young)