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Rio 2016 Olympics - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month we are celebrating the 31st Summer Olympic Games, taking place in Rio de Janeiro from the 5th to 21st August. More than 10,500 athletes are expected to compete across 28 different sports in the first summer Olympics to be held in South America. The 2016 Paralympic Games occurs shortly after the Olympics, from 7th to 18th September.

Despite the controversies surrounding Rio 2016, the games are a much-loved event all over the world. 900 million people tuned in for the London 2012 opening ceremony and the last Olympics had a potential global reach of 4.8 billion people.

To celebrate the Olympic Games, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on the Olympics and sport. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development is the result of the debate and discussion at the European Sport Development Network’s (ESDN) annual conference in 2014. ESDN’s vision is to help create an environment where sports policies, programmes and practices are positively influenced by innovative, research-informed insight and collaborations between academics and practitioners. The chapters in this book closely reflect the remit and purpose of the ESDN in that they come from a variety of academics and sport practitioners. Under a broad theme of ‘Opportunity through sport’, the chapters reflect the nature and breadth of outcomes which are possible through active participation in sport. The contributions to this book touch upon many of these issues. They are all written from the perspective of either academic researchers or applied practitioners working in sport development in line with the aims of ESDN of providing a common forum to bring together research and practice. These contributions will be useful for scholars, students and practitioners alike.

Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies is largely a collection of the papers presented at the symposium Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies, organised by the Comité Internationale Pierre de Coubertin (CIPC). It was held during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, United Kingdom. The symposium drew together presenters and audience members from twenty-five nations on four continents to discuss current and future challenges of education and the Olympic Movement. While most books on the Olympics focus on economic issues or on aspects related to the management of the Games (such as legacies and impacts), this book remains faithful to Coubertin’s original vision about youth, sport and education. Olympism as a philosophical and educational idea is analysed in particular detail. Coubertin’s thoughts play a central role in many of the contributions of leading academics in the field, while historical perspectives unveil new insights.

The increasing potency of identity politics across Europe often sees sport acting as a vehicle for the promotion and celebration of regional and sub-national identities, but the links between sports media and regional identity have received little attention. This seems a curious oversight, because the links between sport and region frequently become a celebration of the local and the distinctive, emblematic of community and continuity. Sport, Media and Regional Identity explores that sense of the counter-hegemonic, where sport is celebrated by a media often keen to promote notions of difference, which might verge on rebellion in some contexts, conceived as resisting global homogeneity or national hegemony. At other times, they may merely reflect a commercial nose for the local audience’s tastes, but there is always the sense of preserving something important, a celebration of the diversity that makes us human. This book considers the centrality and cultural significance of particular sports, or clubs, to regional and sub-national identities across Europe and beyond, adopting a comparative approach to the mediatized nature of such portrayals.


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