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The Olympics as sovereign subject maker: Thomas F. Carter

WithTHOMAS F . CARTER

This chapter offers a preliminary exploration of the basic premise of Olympic sovereignty over sport. The emergence of Olympic sovereignty is much more than the transformation of high performance sport that Beamish and Ritchie analyze (2006). Rather, the Olympic Games need to be understood as a specific project, unequivocally tied to particular political economic structures (Eichberg 1998) that promote themselves as being natural, unique, and universal despite, as I will argue, being none of those. The justifications of the Olympics are in no way self-evident, organic, or even necessary.