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The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System (2008, May)

May 14, 2008

The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System
The governance of world sport
Series: Global Institutions
Jean-Loup Chappelet, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland
This book provides, in a clear and readable form, an informative and fascinating account of the institutional history of the Olympics: its history, its organization and its actors.
Part of the popular Global Institutions series, this book is based on a forty year observation of the Olmpic Movement and contains information on the International Olympic Committee that has never been published before.
May 2008: 216×138: 224pp
Hb: 978-0-415-43167-5: £65.00
Pb: 978-0-415-43168-2: £14.99


Owning the Olympics (new publication)

March 5, 2008

New book with my following paper:

Miah, A., B. Garcia, et al. (2008). ‘We are the Media’: Non-Accredited Media & Citizen Journalists at the Olympic Gams. Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China. M. E. Price and D. Dayan. Michigan, University of Michigan Press: 320-345.

Owning the Olympics
Narratives of the New China

Monroe E. Price and Daniel Dayan, Editors

About the Book

“A major contribution to the study of global events in times of global media. Owning the Olympics tests the possibilities and limits of the concept of ‘media events’ by analyzing the mega-event of the information age: the Beijing Olympics. . . . A good read from cover to cover.”
—Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University

From the moment they were announced, the Beijing Games were a major media event and the focus of intense scrutiny and speculation. In contrast to earlier such events, however, the Beijing Games are also unfolding in a newly volatile global media environment that is no longer monopolized by broadcast media. The dramatic expansion of media outlets and the growth of mobile communications technology have changed the nature of media events, making it significantly more difficult to regulate them or control their meaning. This volatility is reflected in the multiple, well-publicized controversies characterizing the run-up to Beijing 2008. According to many Western commentators, the People’s Republic of China seized the Olympics as an opportunity to reinvent itself as the “New China”—a global leader in economics, technology, and environmental issues, with an improving human-rights record. But China’s maneuverings have also been hotly contested by diverse global voices, including prominent human-rights advocates, all seeking to displace the official story of the Games.

Bringing together a distinguished group of scholars from Chinese studies, human rights, media studies, law, and other fields, Owning the Olympics reveals how multiple entities—including the Chinese Communist Party itself—seek to influence and control the narratives through which the Beijing Games will be understood.

CityEvents (2007)

October 22, 2007

Rennen, W. (2007). CityEvents: Place Selling in a Media Age. Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

C@tO CITATION: Garcia, B. & Miah, A. (2002). “Hosting Major Events Lessons from Salt Lake 2002.” Culture @ the Olympics: Issues, Trends and Perspectives 4(1): 1-3.