The Olympic ideal and the Olympic Games stand as symbols of global cooperation, international understanding and the bonding of individuals through the medium of sports. However, throughout the twentieth century, Olympic rhetoric was often confronted by a different reality. The Games have regularly been faced by crises that have threatened the spirit of Olympism and even the Games themselves. Given the many changes that have occurred in the Olympic Games during the past century it seems reasonable to ask if this global event has a future and, if so, what form it might take. With this larger issue in mind, the authors of Post-Olympism? ask probing questions about the following: the infamous 1936 Olympics the effect of new technologies on the Games the future impact of the 2008 Beijing Games on China and of China on the Olympics the local and regional impact of the Sydney green Olympics the Games and globalization Disneyfication racism drug abuse The book provides a useful overview of the ongoing significance of the Olympics and will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the Games.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: Post-Olympism?

ByJohn Bale, Mette Krogh Christensen

chapter 1|20 pages

Post-olympism? Questioning olympic Historiography

ByDouglas Booth

chapter 2|17 pages

'What's the Difference between Propaganda for Tourism or for a Political Regime?'

Was the 1936 Olympics the first Postmodern Spectacle?
ByArnd Krüger

chapter 3|14 pages

China and Olympism

BySusan Brownell

chapter 5|17 pages

Cosmopolitan Olympism, Humanism and the Spectacle of 'Race'

ByBen Carrington

chapter 8|11 pages

Making the World Safe for Global Capital

The Sydney 2000 Olympics and Beyond
ByHelen Jefferson Lenskyj

chapter 9|17 pages

The Disneyfication of the Olympics?

Theme Parks and Freak-Shows of the Body
ByAlan Tomlinson

chapter 10|12 pages

Essences of Post-Olympism: A Prolegomena of Study

BySynthia Sydnor

chapter 11|12 pages

Sportive Nationalism and Globalization

ByJohn Hoberman

chapter 13|10 pages

Doping and the Olympic Games from an Aesthetic Perspective

ByVerner Møller

chapter 14|20 pages

Post-Olympism and the Aestheticization of Sport

BySøren Damkjær

chapter 15|12 pages

Laying Olympism to Rest

ByKevin B. Wamsley