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Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics, and Activism Paperback – July 14, 2000


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Lenskyj, a University of Toronto sociology professor, is the author of Out of Bounds: Women, Sport, and Sexuality (1986), and she has been conducting research on the Olympics and its site-selection process for more than 10 years. Lenskyj portrays the Olympic movement as a huge money-making juggernaut that has duped the average sports fan with the myth of pure athleticism and tricked local government officials into believing their cities can reap financial bonanzas when they play host to the Olympic games. Lenskyj finds plenty of evidence to validate her claims. She examines the bribery scandal behind Salt Lake City's bid to host the Winter Games, looks at the makeup of the International Olympic Committee and the so-called Olympic family, and compares Toronto's failed bid with that of Sydney's successful one. Lenskyj also suggests that there are significant hidden economic, social, political, and environmental costs involved with being a host city and documents the extensive network of anti-Olympic protest groups and watchdog organizations. She then charges the press with cheerleading for the Olympics and with "manufacturing consent." David Rouse
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Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Women, Sport, and Physical Activity: Selected Research Themes and Out of Bounds: Women, Sport, and Sexuality.

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