Watching the Olympics

Politics, Power and Representation

Author: John Peter Sugden,Alan Tomlinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415578337

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 258

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Global sporting events involve the creation, management and mediation of cultural meanings for consumption by massive media audiences. The apotheosis of this cultural form is the Olympic Games. This challenging and provocative new book explores the Olympic spectacle, from the multi-media bidding process and the branding and imaging of the Games, to security, surveillance and control of the Olympic product across all of its levels. The book argues that the process of commercialization, directed by the IOC itself, has enabled audiences to interpret its traditional objects in non-reverential ways and to develop oppositional interpretations of Olympism. The Olympics have become multi-voiced and many themed, and the spectacle of the contemporary Games raises important questions about institutionalization, the doctrine of individualism, the advance of market capitalism, performance, consumption and the consolidation of global society. With particular focus on the London Games in 2012, the book casts a critical eye over the bidding process, Olympic finance, promises of legacy and development, and the consequences of hosting the Games for the civil rights and liberties of those living in their shadow. Few studies have offered such close scrutiny of the inner workings of Olympismâe(tm)s political and economic network, and, therefore, this book is indispensible reading for any student or researcher with an interest in the Olympics, sport's multiple impacts, or sporting mega-events.
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The Deep End of South Park

Critical Essays on Television’s Shocking Cartoon Series

Author: Leslie Stratyner,James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786453338

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

View: 7223

No American television show of the past decade has been vilified as has Comedy Central’s South Park. This is the show that has featured, in turn, a nine-year-old boy enmeshed in an affair with Ben Affleck, a maniacal Mel Gibson smearing feces everywhere, and the misadventures of Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, a talking, bouncing, singing piece of poop. While it’s not always an exercise in good taste, South Park is a socially significant satire that has also devoted entire episodes to interpretations of Great Expectations, Ken Burns’ Civil War, and Hamlet. This volume explores the popularity and cultural relevance of South Park and its place as an artistically and politically worthy satire.
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Ethics, Knowledge and Truth in Sports Research

An Epistemology of Sport

Author: Graham McFee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113527617X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 2880

The study of sport is characterised by its inter-disciplinarity, with researchers drawing on apparently incompatible research traditions and ethical benchmarks in the natural sciences and the social sciences, depending on their area of specialisation. In this groundbreaking study, Graham McFee argues that sound high-level research into sport requires a sound rationale for one’s methodological choices, and that such a rationale requires an understanding of the connection between the practicalities of researching sport and the philosophical assumptions which underpin them. By examining touchstone principles in research methodology, such as the contested ‘gold standard’ of voluntary informed consent in the natural sciences and the postmodern denial of ‘truth’ in the social sciences, McFee demonstrates that epistemology and ethics are inextricably linked. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the laboratory to the sports field, McFee explores the concepts of ‘knowledge’ and ‘truth’ in sports research and makes a powerful case for a philosophical deepening of our approach to method and methodology in sport. This book is important reading for all advanced students and researchers working in sport, exercise and related disciplines.
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Evangelical Youth Culture

Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures

Author: Ibrahim Abraham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350020346

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 3225

This book offers a theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich study of the intersections of contemporary Christianity and youth culture, focusing on evangelical engagements with punk, hip hop, surfing, and skateboarding. Ibrahim Abraham draws on interviews and fieldwork with dozens of musicians and sports enthusiasts in the USA, UK, Australia, and South Africa, and the analysis of evangelical subcultural media including music, film, and extreme sports Bibles. Evangelical Youth Culture: Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures makes innovative use of multiple theories of youth cultures and subcultures from sociology and cultural studies, and introduces the "serious leisure perspective" to the study of religion, youth, and popular culture. Engaging with the experiences of Pentecostal punks, surfing missionaries, township rappers, and skateboarding youth pastors, this book makes an original contribution to the sociology of religion, youth studies, and the study of religion and popular culture.
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The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 4766

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Whatever Happened to the Leisure Society?

Theory, Debate and Policy

Author: Paul Gilchrist,Belinda Wheaton,Leisure Studies Association (Great Britain)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 228

View: 1594

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Books in Print 2009-2010

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780835250191

Category: Publishers' catalogs

Page: N.A

View: 8731

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Plädoyer gegen die Perfektion

Ethik im Zeitalter der genetischen Technik. Mit einem Vorwort von Jürgen Habermas

Author: Michael Sandel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783737413077

Category:

Page: 175

View: 4966

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Im Zeichen des Saturn

Essays

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783446204249

Category:

Page: 205

View: 5486

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Olympische Erziehung

Author: Roland Naul

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Verlag

ISBN: 3898991423

Category:

Page: 162

View: 7116

In fünf Teilen und zehn Kapiteln wird dargelegt, warum und weshalb trotz aktueller Probleme in der Olympischen Bewegung der Olympische Gedanke für alle eine Herausforderung für eine moderne Sporterziehung darstellt. Es werden pädagogische und didaktische Grundlagen für eine Olympische Erziehung vorgestellt, die vor allem motorisches Können und moralisches Handeln im Sport und im alltäglichen Leben wieder zusammenbringen müssen - im Denken, im Lernen und im Handeln von Kindern und Jugendlichen, aber auch bei Erwachsenen.
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Der Blick von nirgendwo

Author: Thomas Nagel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518296356

Category: Ethics

Page: 418

View: 5766

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Weltrisikogesellschaft

auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Sicherheit

Author: Ulrich Beck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518460382

Category: Risk

Page: 439

View: 3359

Damals gab es die RAF, heute al-Qaida; damals fürchteten wir die Folgen von Tschernobyl, heute sagen Wissenschaftler eine Klimakatastrophe voraus. Finanzkrisen vernichten weltweit Existenzen, die Risiken durchdringen alle Lebensbereiche. Zugleich aber erö
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Kampfsport in der Antike

das Spiel um Leben und Tod

Author: Michael Poliakoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783491691100

Category: Combat

Page: 260

View: 3733

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Nutzenorientierte Marktsegmentierung

Ein integrativer Ansatz zum Zielgruppenmarketing im Verkehrsdienstleistungsbereich

Author: Lars Jesko Perrey

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322965066

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 313

View: 1836

Jesko Perrey leitet am Beispiel des Verkehrsdienstleistungsbereichs einen integrativen Ansatz zur nutzenorientierten Marktsegmentierung ab. Der Autor entwickelt auf dieser Basis einen mehrstufigen, empirisch validierten Segmentierungsansatz, der einen hohen Gestaltungs- und Ausrichtungsbezug für die Ableitung segmentspezifischer Marketing-Maßnahmen aufweist. Neben umfangreichen Ansatzpunkten eines nutzenorientierten Zielgruppenmarketing werden auch Möglichkeiten eines dynamischen Segment-Managements aufgezeigt.
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Die feinen Unterschiede

Kritik der gesellschaftlichen Urteilskraft

Author: Pierre Bourdieu

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518576250

Category: Aesthetics, French

Page: 877

View: 7079

Die Analyse des kulturellen Konsums ist für alle von Interesse, die geneigt sind, ihre eigenen, meist als selbstverständlich aufgefassten kulturellen Vorlieben und Praktiken zu prüfen. Der Reiz und das Verdienst des Buches liegen darin, dass der Autor immer im Kontakt zum konkreten Alltag bleibt. Die Lektüre der Feinen Unterschiede wird ein spannender Selbsterfahrungsprozess.
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