- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 14, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791447561
- ISBN-13: 978-0791447567
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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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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Clearly, this is a book of considerable relevance to contemporary culture in that the Olympics is the largest single regular global event It offers a public airing of issues that many sports administrators and journalists prefer to ignore. [It] ought to be required reading for anyone living in a country that aspires to stage an Olympic Games. Leisure Studies
This book is a useful addition to any sports history library. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
Lenskyj s examination of the five-ring circus an industry, not a movement, she insists, and certainly not a family looks at the way romantic myths about sports and global unity have masked a mean, corporate and corrupt machine that has hopelessly skewed the priorities of countries hosting and bidding on the Olympics Lenskyj s analysis is thorough, indispensable and grim. NOW Magazine
Recommended for serious scholars of the Olympic Games and also for those who examine social injustice. CHOICE
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj has carefully documented the sleazy reality behind the carefully groomed image of the Olympic movement or the Olympic family Professor Lenskyj exposes the corruption, greed and arrogance at the heart of the Olympics industry Professor Lenskyj documents in great detail the many harmful effects the Olympics have had on the host cities and countries. Exit
Inside the Olympic Industry is rich in detail. It draws on a wide variety of primary sources and offers the most comprehensive comparative analysis of Olympic politics yet undertaken Inside the Olympic Industry is essential reading for those interested in the Olympic movement. Helen Lenskyj convincingly demonstrates the utter disregard many bidding and host cities show for the ideals that the IOC claims are its guiding tenets. The situation will not improve until the IOC demands that prospective hosts take cognizance of the view from the bottom of the food chain (p. 139). Olympika
Helen Lenskyj exposes the people who profit from manipulating sport's ideals and provides valuable ammunition for researchers, activists and journalists seeking long overdue reform of the world's greatest festival of sport. Andrew Jennings, author of The New Lords of the Rings and The Great Olympic Swindle
That the Games are an unalloyed good for host communities, a plum to be had for the most worthy and deserving, remained firmly in place in the public imagination and mass media. Inside the Olympic Industry changes all that. At last, in this powerful and compelling book, we have a resource that permits the citizens and political representatives of communities who contemplate bidding for, and mounting, a set of Games to understand the key issues that will face them if they enter the Olympic fray. Here, without hype, we have the reality, not the myth. from the Foreword by Varda Burstyn, author of The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics, and the Culture of Sport"
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