The Ideals Of Global Sport: From Peace To Human Rights (Pennsylvania Studies In Human Rights)
ISBN: 0812251504
EAN13: 9780812251500
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 19, 2019
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 0.8267717" H x 9.212598" L x 6.377953" W
Weight: 1.091288 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Sport has the power to change the world, South African president Nelson Mandela told the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo in 2000. Today, we are inundated with similar claims--from politicians, diplomats, intellectuals, journalists, athletes, and fans--about the many ways that international sports competitions make the world a better place. Promoters of the Olympic Games and similar global sports events have spent more than a century telling us that these festivals offer a multitude of goods: that they foster friendship and mutual understanding among peoples and nations, promote peace, combat racism, and spread democracy. In recent years boosters have suggested that sports mega-events can advance environmental protection in a world threatened by climate change, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty in developing nations, and promote human rights in repressive countries. If the claims are to be believed, sport is the most powerful and effective form of idealistic internationalism on the planet.

The Ideals of Global Sport investigates these grandiose claims, peeling away the hype to reveal the reality: that shockingly little evidence underpins these endlessly repeated assertions. The essays, written by scholars from many regions and disciplines and drawn from an exceptionally diverse array of sources, show that these bold claims were sometimes cleverly Read More chevron_right

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