Megaevents and Modernity: Olympics and Expos in the Growth of Global Culture

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 1, 2002 - Social Science - 304 pages
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This analysis explores the social history and politics of mega-events from the late 19th century to the present. Through case studies of events such as the 1851 Crystal Palace Expo, the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Maurice Roche investigates the impact Expos and Olympics have had on national identities, on the marking of public time and space, and on visions of national citizenship and international society in modern times. Historical chapters deal with the production of Expos by power elites, their impacts on mass culture, and the political uses and abuses of international sport and Olympic events. Chapters also deal with the impact of Olympics on cities, the growth of Olympics as media events and the current crisis of the Olympic movement in world politics and culture.

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Maurice Roche is lecturer in sociology at the University of Sheffield, and teaches undergraduate modules on the Sociology of the EU, Leisure, Policy and Society, and the Sociology of Popular Culture, as well as postgraduate modules on Global Social Policy and International Childhood Studies.

He has authored and contributed to a number of titles, including "Mega-Events and Modernity: Olympics and Expos in the Growth of Global Culture" (Routledge, 2000), "Europe and Cosmopolitanism" (Liverpool University Press, 2007) and "The Handbook of Nations and Nationalism "(SAGE, 2006), as well as writing articles for journals such as "Citizenship Studies", "Time and Society" and "Cultural Policy".

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