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  • This Great Symbolby John J. MacAloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    This Great Symbol is the definitive study of the origins of the modern Olympic Games and of their founder, Pierre de Coubertin, whose ideological stamp the Olympics still bear. Behind this fascinating blend of biography and history lies an impressive framework of cultural, social, and psychological theories skilfully employed to interpret the creation... more...

  • Muscular Christianity and the Colonial and Post-Colonial Worldby John J. Macaloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    This Volume explores the enormous impact the ethos of Muscular Christianity has had an on modern civil society in English-speaking nations and among the peoples they colonized. First codified by British Christian Socialists in the mid-nineteenth century, explicitly religious forms of the ideology have persistently re-emerged over ensuing decades:... more...

  • Bearing Light: Flame Relays and the Struggle for the Olympic Movementby John J. Macaloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    In recent decades, five to ten times as many persons have turned out for the Olympic flame relay as have watched Olympic sports contests live.  Flame Relays and the Struggle for the Olympic Movement: Bearing Light , the first anthropological analysis of the contemporary torch relay, exposes and interprets the transformation of the ritual across a... more...

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