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Activism and the Olympics : dissent at the games in Vancouver and London

Author: Jules Boykoff
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]
Series: Critical issues in sport and society.
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"Shines a spotlight on the political underbelly of the Olympic Games. Because the Olympics have become such a multifaceted behemoth, they ramble into the path of numerous extant activist battles while spurring new ones. After presenting a brief history of political activism that challenges the Olympic Games, Boykoff turns his attention to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Games in London. He  Read more...
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Boykoff, Jules.
Activism and the Olympics
(DLC) 2013040634
(OCoLC)862102601
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jules Boykoff
ISBN: 9780813562032 0813562031
OCLC Number: 891591006
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 226 pages).
Contents: ""Series Page ""; ""Title Page ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents""; ""Illustrations""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: The Olympics and Me ""; ""1. Understanding the Olympic Games""; ""2. Space Matters: The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics ""; ""3. London Calling: Activism and the 2012 Summer Olympics ""; ""4. Media and the Olympics ""; ""5. Looking Ahead through the Rearview Mirror""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""About the Author""
Series Title: Critical issues in sport and society.
Responsibility: Jules Boykoff.

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"Shines a spotlight on the political underbelly of the Olympic Games. Because the Olympics have become such a multifaceted behemoth, they ramble into the path of numerous extant activist battles while spurring new ones. After presenting a brief history of political activism that challenges the Olympic Games, Boykoff turns his attention to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Games in London. He argues that anti-Olympics activism is not so much a "movement of movements" as it is a "moment of movements." During the Olympics moment, activist groups come together using the Olympics as their fight-back focal point. But, he contends, anti-Olympics activism has not yet become a social movement, as it has not robustly sustained itself through time. Activists challenging the Games tend to deploy humor-based, with-the-grain tactics to create carnivalesque spectacles to challenge the Olympic machine. Boykoff offers a critical assessment of this approach"--

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"Drawing on 70 interviews and analysis and observation of selected cases, Boykoff explores in unprecedentedly illuminating fashion the spaces of dissent within Olympic events. Interdisciplinary, Read more...

 
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