The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacemaking

Ramón Spaaij and Cindy Burleson (editors)

Routledge, London and New York, 2013
182 pp., ISBN 978-1-13-885049-1 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-415-61878-6 (hardback)

Sport and peacemaking have evolved. It is no longer the case that the Olympic Games and war games exist in isolation from each other. Increasingly, policymakers, peacekeepers, athletes, development workers, presidents of nations and others combine forces in an "integrated" approach towards peace. This approach is located not only within a broader, historically evolved Olympic Movement but also in relation to a newly emerged social movement which promotes development and peace through sport. This book will critically examine the ways in which this development is being played out at global, national and local levels, particularly in relation to the Olympic Movement and initiatives such as the biennial Olympic Truce Resolution.

The volume constitutes a unique scholarly attempt to provide an in-depth comparative analysis of peacemaking within the context of the Olympic Games. Through international comparison and empirically grounded case studies, the book provides an important new departure in the study of the social impact of the Olympic Movement and related peacemaking efforts. It discusses these issues from a range of academic disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, economics, geography, philosophy and international relations.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society.


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