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Beijing's Games: What the Olympics Mean to China

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Click here to see an article on Beijing's Games and Susan Brownell in the Wall Street Journal. Why is hosting the Olympic Games so important to China? What is the significance of a quintessential symbol of Western civilization taking place in the heart of the Far East? Will the Olympics change China, or will China change the Olympics? Susan Brownell sets the historical and cultural stage for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games by exploring the vital links among sports, gender, state power, Chinese nationalism, and China's national image in the West over the past century. She places the 2008 Games within the context of China's hundred-year engagement with the Olympic movement to illuminate what the Games mean to China and what the Beijing Olympic Games will mean for China's relationship with the outside world. Brownell's deeply informed analysis ranges from nineteenth-century orientalism to Cold War politics and post-Cold War "China bashing." Drawing on her decades of engagement as a college athlete in China, university professor, media expert, and advisor to the International Olympic Committee, the author utilizes her personal experiences and access to unique sources to paint an evocative and human picture of the passion that many Chinese people feel for the Olympic Games. Her book will appeal to scholars and students across the social sciences. It will also be essential reading for journalists and sports enthusiasts who want to understand the fascinating story behind the Beijing Olympics.

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Introduction: What the Olympic games mean to China — Europe and the people without sport history, or what hosting the Olympic games means to China — The clash of body cultures : martial arts and Olympic sports — Symbols of state power : stadiums and national identity in Beijing — What women's sports mean to China — Mixing sport and politics : China and the International Olympic Committee — "China bashing" at the Olympic Games : why the Cold War continues in sport journalism — Will the Olympics change China, or will China change the Olympics?

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ISBN:
9781122981262
Subtitle:
What the Olympics Mean to China
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield
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Publication Date:
20080228
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
213

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