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Mega-events and modernity : Olympics and expos in the growth of global culture

Author: Maurice Roche
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This new analysis explores the social history and politics of 'mega-events' from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through case studies of mega-events such as the 1851 Crystal Palace expo, the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Maurice Roche investigates the impact expos and Olympics have had on national identities, on the marking of public time and space, and on versions of national  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Roche
ISBN: 0415157110 9780415157117 0415157129 9780415157124
OCLC Number: 44652661
Description: xiv, 281 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Mega-events and modernity: perspectives and themes --
Expos and cultural power: capitalism, nationalism and imperialism --
Mega-events and cultural citizenship: consumerism, inclusion/exclusion and internationalism --
The Olympics, internationalism and supernationalism: international sports events and movements in the inter-war period --
Mega-events, cities and tourist culture; Olympics and expos --
Mega-events and media culture; sport and the Olympics --
Mega-events and global citizenship: Olympic problems and responses --
Mega-events, identity and global society: theoretical reflections.
Responsibility: Maurice Roche.
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Explores the social history and politics of 'mega-events' from the late 19th century to the present. Case studies: 1936 Berlin Olympics, 1992 Barcelona Olympics, 1851 Crystal Palace Expo. A  Read more...

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..."a fine scholarly work with a rich set of informative footnotes and a definitive bbibliography.."-CHOICE, July 2001

 
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