Synopses & Reviews
This 2nd edition of a highly successful book (published in 2000) provides a comprehensive, critical analysis of the Olympic Games using a multi-disciplinary social science approach. This revised edition contains much new data relating to the Sydney 2000 Games and their aftermath; and preparations for Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. The book is broad-ranging and independent in its coverage, and includes the use of drugs, sex testing, accusations of power abuse among members of the IOC, the Games as a stage for political protest, media-related controversies, economic costs and benefits of the Games and historical conflicts between organizers and host communities.
Praise for the 1st Edition:"This is probably the best single source for social science, leisure studies and sports management students following courses or modules that deal with the games."-- Leisure Studies
Praise for the 1st Edition: "Toohey's and Veal's excellent book should be put on the reading list of every sports course in English-speaking universities....."-- International Review for the Sociology of Sport
The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective presents a broad, multi-disciplinary account of all things Olympic from the relationship of the modern to the ancient games, to the possible future of the grandest of athletic spectacles.
This extended new edition covers the Olympic phenomenon from political, economical and sociological perspectives, from its history and the media to commercialism and drug use. Its detailed analyses and extensive bibliography make it essential reading for researchers and students in leisure and sports studies.
Table of Contents
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1. Introduction: Studying the Olympic Games
2. The Ancient Olympics and their
3. The Revival of the Olympic Games
4. The Modern Olympic Phenomenon
5. Politics, Nationalism and the Olympic
6. The Economics and Financing
7. The Olympics and the Mass Media
8. Doping and the Olympics
9. Women and the Olympic Games
10. Case-Studies of the Summer Olympic Games
11. The Future of the Olympic Games