By Mark Dyreson
In 2008 China plans to exploit the Olympic video games to remake its nationwide identification within the international industry. In so doing China treads the path blazed by way of the USA. For greater than a century the U.S. has used the Olympic video games to build nationwide id, create communal reminiscence, and craft patriotic mythology. From commencing parades the place the yankee workforce refuses to dip its flag so that it will sign American exceptionalism to the ultimate ceremonies the place the U.S. media trumpet that their staff owes its medals to not greater athleticism yet to the nation’s peerless social and political structures, Olympic video games have served as websites to reinforce American nationalism. greater than the other kingdom, the us has politicized its Olympic participation. within the technique a bunch of myths approximately American superiority in international encounters has emerged in the course of the Olympics. In memorializing and mythologizing their Olympic groups americans have printed the contours of the racial, gender, and sophistication dynamics that animate their bizarre nationhood. those essays discover the heritage of expressions of yank nationwide identification in Olympic arenas.
This booklet was once released as a unique factor of the International magazine of the historical past of Sport.
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Crafting Patriotism for Global Dominance: America at the Olympics (Sport in the Global Society) by Mark Dyreson