The international politics of sport in the 20th century /

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Other Authors: Riordan, James, 1936-
Krüger, Arnd.
Format: Book
Published:London : E & FN Spon ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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By examining the major issues and institutions shaping the relationship between sports and politics, Kr"uger (Georg August, Germany) and Riordan (Surrey, England) attempt to summarize the evolution of sport in the 20th century from a distinctly European perspective. Their discussion of the International Olympic Committee and Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing organization of soccer, provides insights into these key "political" global sports organizations. The second part of the volume addresses a series of substantive concerns, including the role of women, blacks, and disabled athletes in sports. The chapter on women and sports in society is particularly noteworthy for its integration of critical feminist theory. However, the relative paucity of academic journal references (e.g., Journal of Sports and Social Issues and Sports History Review) limits the usefulness of the text for researchers. The omission of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the chapter on sports and terrorism leaves the reader wondering as to the current status of the dynamic relationship between sports and politics. This edited volume would be a useful supplementary text for courses examining the intersection between sports, politics, and history. General readers, upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. J. Dense; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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