Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics

Mexico City's Olympic Games

Citizenship and Nation Building, 1963-1968

Authors: Elías, Axel

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  • Uses the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City as a lens to look at five years of nation-building projects
  • Highlights the multiplicity of voices behind these nation-building exercises
  • Takes a bottom-up approach to look at the citizenry’s experiences of the 1968 Olympic Games
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This book looks at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games as a complex nation-building project. Sports mega-events have been mostly studied as homogenous government-led strategies, but more work is needed around the diverse reception and performances. The preparation period for the Olympics in Mexico and especially the year 1968 highlight the multiplicity of voices behind these exercises. Beyond the government and associated networks, the citizenry also used this mega-event to present an idea of Mexico to the world and thus reshape citizenship and nationhood. This study takes a bottom-up approach to look at the citizenry’s experiences of the 1968 Olympic Games, both the shared nationalistic values and the areas of conflict.   

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Axel Elías is a historian of nation building. He has studied at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Instituto Mora in Mexico, and completed his PhD at King’s College London, UK. His interests are found in everyday forms of nation building. He has worked on the intersections of sport and performativity of nationhood, as well as gastronationalism and migration.  

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • A Bottom-up Approach to Sports and Nation Building in Mexico

    Pages 1-56

    Elías, Axel

  • ‘The Exact Route to Achieving Success’: International Politics and Mexican State Formation During the Cold War

    Pages 57-102

    Elías, Axel

  • ‘We Do Not Want Olympics, We Want Revolution’: The Student Movement and the XIX Olympiad, July–October 1968

    Pages 103-144

    Elías, Axel

  • ‘Everything Is Possible in Peace’: State Repression, Nationalism and Politics of Silence, 2–12 October 1968

    Pages 145-172

    Elías, Axel

  • ‘What a Marvellous People and What a Fabulous Party’: The Cultural Politics of Emotions During the XIX Olympic Games, 12–27 October 1968

    Pages 173-202

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eBook 93,08 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mexico City's Olympic Games
Book Subtitle
Citizenship and Nation Building, 1963-1968
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-74111-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-74111-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-74110-5
Series ISSN
2365-998X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 272
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