A regenerating flame? Communal populism and the Olympic torch relay in millennial Australia

Alomes, S 2013, 'A regenerating flame? Communal populism and the Olympic torch relay in millennial Australia', Sporting Traditions, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 71-97.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title A regenerating flame? Communal populism and the Olympic torch relay in millennial Australia
Author(s) Alomes, S
Year 2013
Journal name Sporting Traditions
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 71
End page 97
Total pages 27
Publisher Australian Society for Sports History
Abstract The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Torch Relay provided a focus for two different forms of populism in a host Olympic nation. Australians' initial scepticism towards the Olympic organisers and other sporting, political and business elites, was expressed in waves of popular discont~nt 11t the association of the Olympic Flame with celebrities and with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) itself. Despite such intense feeling, the Olympic Torch became a symbol of hope and regeneration, eliciting a romantic form of communal populism in rural and urban Australia. In either form, public emotion suggested problems of social discontent in an era of rapid globalising change in Australian society and institutions, including sport.
Subject Australian Government and Politics
Political Science not elsewhere classified
Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Olympic Torch Relay
Sydney 2000 Olympics
communal populism
elites.
Copyright notice © Australian Society for Sports History
ISSN 0813-2577
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