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All the Olympics are a stage, and all the athletes merely players: the rich history of the modern Games

The Olympics transfix us. Six in every ten people in the world – including both you, dear reader, and me – watched the London 2012 Olympics. Use of the word Olympics increased in relative frequency 3,300% between 1924 and 1984. But what are the Olympics to us, how are we to read them socially and politically?

The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, theatre of the absurd, opera buffa, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.

The Olympic village (which first appeared in the 1932 Los Angeles Games) …read more

Source: The Conversation

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