The Olympics And Nationalism

GUESTS: John Mackaloon Associate Dean and Professor of Social Sciences, University of Chicago Served as advisor to Atlanta, Barcelon, Lillehammer, and Seoul Olympic Organizing Committees Author of the forthcoming book, The Anthropology of Empty Forms: Comparative Studies of the Olympic Games and National Cultures, and Brides of Victory: Nationalism and Gender in Olympic Ritual Don Mischer President, Don Mischer Productions and Mischer Enterprises,Inc. Producer and director of television and live events (received thirteen prime time Emmy Awards) Creator and producer, opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. The scene is familiar...the flags, the anthems...the hometeam crowds cheering-on the athletes there to represent their countries. At the olympics, national identity is everything. The host-nation opens and closes the games with ceremonies meant to show the world their proud history and traditions. The internal divisions of any one country are forgotten during these two weeks .... or are they? Ray Suarez and guests examine the relationship between the olympics and nationalism.

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