Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague

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Verso Books, Jun 19, 2012 - Political Science - 144 pages
Marc Perelman pulls no punches in this succinct and searing broadside, assailing the ‘recent form of barbarism’ that is the global sporting event. Forget the Olympics and consider, under Perelman’s guidance, the ledger of inequities maintained by such supposedly harmless games.

They have provided a smokescreen for the forcible removal of ‘undesirables’; aided governments in the pursuit of racist agendas; affirmed the hypocrisy of drug-testing in an industry where doping is more an imperative than an aberration; and developed the pornographic hybrid that Perelman dubs ‘sporn’, a further twist in our corrupt obsession with the body.

Drawing examples from the modern history of the international sporting event, Perelman argues that today’s colosseums, upheld as examples of ‘health’, have become the steamroller for a decadent age fixated on competition, fame and elitism.

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About the author (2012)

Marc Perelman is an architect and Professor of Aesthetics at the Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre Le Défense. He is the author of numerous books, including L’Ère des stades: Genèse et structure d’unespace historique, Urbs ex machina, Le Corbusier and (with Jean-Marie Brohm) Le Football, une peste émotionnelle.

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