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The best Olympics ever? : social impacts of Sydney 2000
Lenskyj, Helen.
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]

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x, 262 pages ; 23 cm.

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Uses the Sydney Olympics as a prism through which to explore recent Olympic scandals, media coverage, reform efforts, and controversies.

Author Notes

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

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As the book's subtitle indicates, Lenskyj (sociology, Univ. of Toronto) concentrates on the social issues--not the athletic performances or records--of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. And the question mark in the book's title reveals the author's distain at the phrase that the president of the International Olympic Committee touted at the end of the Sydney games. A native of Sydney, Lenskyj has a good knowledge of Australia. She analyzes the real costs and impact of the Games: Olympic housing and the homeless; unrecognized efforts of community organizations; the Olympic connection to the universities; the issue of the indigenous people; the imbalance of the powerful Olympic industry. The author concludes with a set of guidelines entitled "Towards a Socially Responsible Olympic Games" formulated in 1998 in Toronto. The 19 pages of references give evidence of the depth of Lenskyj's research. Including many previously unpublished facts, this detailed book is for those with a serious interest in the subject. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Davenport emerita, Auburn University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviations and Websitesp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The Mass Media: Olympic Industry Boosters and Criticsp. 13
2 Police, Protest, and Olympic Legislation: "You've Got to Keep the Buggers under Control"p. 43
3 Black and White Australia: Reconciliation and Sydney 2000p. 67
4 "You Can't Share the Spirit if You Can't Pay the Rent": Housing and Homelessness in the Olympic Cityp. 89
5 Olympic Values, Impacts, and Issues: The Real Legacyp. 107
6 Productive Partnerships: Corporatized Universities Meet the Olympic Industryp. 133
7 "I'm Not Against the Olympics, But...": Local and Global Resistancep. 151
8 Bondi Beach Volleyball Stadium: The Battlers Lose the Beachp. 183
9 September 2000 in Melbourne and Sydney: Democracy at Riskp. 203
Conclusionp. 227
Appendixp. 233
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 257