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Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry identifies and analyses the historical and contemporary connections between the Olympic industry and gender, taking into account the variables of social class, race/ethnicity and sexuality. For more than 100 years, the Olympic industry has controlled global sport and shaped hegemonic concepts of sporting masculinities and femininities for its own profit- and image-making ends. The potential for exploitation and cooptation of women and disadvantaged minorities is great; the benefits few by comparison. The Olympics have a long and disturbing history of marginalizing women, Black people and people of colour, athletes from developing countries, and sexual minorities. Successful alternatives organized by these groups demonstrate that other ways of doing sport and doing gender are both possible and preferable.


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Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry identifies and analyses the historical and contemporary connections between the Olympic industry and gender, taking into account the variables of social class, race/ethnicity and sexuality. For more than 100 years, the Olympic industry has controlled global sport and shaped hegemonic concepts of sporting masculinities and femininities for its own profit- and image-making ends. The potential for exploitation and cooptation of women and disadvantaged minorities is great; the benefits few by comparison. The Olympics have a long and disturbing history of marginalizing women, Black people and people of colour, athletes from developing countries, and sexual minorities. Successful alternatives organized by these groups demonstrate that other ways of doing sport and doing gender are both possible and preferable.


Reviews

"Lenskyj continues her assault on the hegemony of the Olympic movement, which she refers to as the Olympic industry... The arguments are presented with great literary finesse, and may leave the reader wondering if there is any redeeming value in the Olympic movement"- Choice Review
 
"Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry brings a much-needed critique of global gendered power relations into a dynamic conversation in feminist sport studies ... [a] timely and highly relevant book" - International Review for the Sociology of Sport


Contents

Introduction
Beyond Binaries: An Intersectional Analysis
The Limits of Liberalism: Sex, Gender and Sexualities
Challenges to the Olympic Industry
In the Pool, On the Ice: Contested Terrain
Sex and the Games
Conclusion


Authors

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is Professor Emirita of the University of Toronto, Canada. Her previous publication include The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies (co-edited with S. Wagg); Olympic Industry Resistance; The Best Ever Olympics?; and Inside the Olympics Industry