Twenty-eight Olympic summers: historical and methodological reflections on understanding the Olympic mega-event

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Abstract

An overview and periodisation of the summer Olympic Games in their 120-year old history from Athens in 1896 to the Rio de Janeiro Games of 2016. It considers the shifts in the defining influence of events, as the political and the economic influences changed through time. The work of Bakhtin is employed to illuminate phases, shifts and transformations in this narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport, media and mega-events
EditorsL.A. Wenner, A.C. Billings
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages51-68
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315680521
ISBN (Print)9781138930384
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2017

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Tomlinson, A. (2017). Twenty-eight Olympic summers: historical and methodological reflections on understanding the Olympic mega-event. In L. A. Wenner, & A. C. Billings (Eds.), Sport, media and mega-events (pp. 51-68). London: Routledge.