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Nationalism on the World Stage

Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games

Philip A. D'Agati

Beyond the realm of sports and spectacle, states host the Olympic Games for political, social, and cultural reasons. In particular, organizers have used the Olympics as an opportunity to redefine and reassert their national identities through performance. The hosts present an artistic rendering of their national identity to domestic and international audiences through the pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Nationalism on the World Stage examines the relationship between nationalism and the Olympics by weaving together current understandings of nationalism and applying these notions to displays of national identity at Olympic ceremonies from 1980 to 2006. Using tactics such as historical revision, indoctrination, and custodianship, hosts of the Games have re-told their official state identities and histories through performances. Through examples including the United States, Canada, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Japan, Philip A. D'Agati establishes a new scope of nationalism, cultural performance, and international festival and provides new insights into studies of nationalism.
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University Press of America
Pages: 214Size: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7618-5451-7 • Paperback • February 2011 • $35.99 • (£24.95)
Philip A. D'Agati is a lecturer of political science and international relations at Northeastern University. He received an MA in comparative politics, an MA in world history, and a PhD in political science from Northeastern University. He is a researcher of nationalism, international organizations, and the role of sport in international politics.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements
Chapter 2 Abbreviations & Acronyms
Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Olympic History and National Displays
Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Thoughts on Nationalism, Performance, and the role
Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Towards a Theoretical Understanding of Nationalism
Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Historical Revision and Creation: Old Histories and
Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Indoctrination of Ideology
Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Custodians of Culture
Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Society Divided: A Core and a Periphery, a Region and an Ethnicity
Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Exalting the Core
Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The Fringes of the Flag
Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Processes and Strategies: New Understandings of Cultural Performance
Chapter 14 Appendix A. Chronology of Host Cities
Chapter 15 Bibliography
Chapter 16 Index