Barbaric Sport: A Global PlaguePaperback
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- Publisher: Verso Books
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 14mm | 159g
- Publication date: 19 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844678598
- ISBN 13: 9781844678594
- Sales rank: 300,337
Marc Perelman pulls no punches in this succinct and searing essay against the global phenomenon of sport, which he describes as both a "recent form of savagery" and "the opium of the people." The charges leveled against sport are damning and numerous: sport is an instrument for racism and the bolstering of repression, with global events such as the Olympics used to legitimize major political crackdowns; doping must be understood as an imperative rather than an aberration of sport. Most ominously, with its location at the very center of the society of the spectacle, globalization, and the liberal-capitalist system, the phenomenon of sport has become a new world power and an immense destructive force, a steamroller of decadent modernity.
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MARC PERELMAN is an architect and Professor of Aesthetics atthe Universite Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defense. He is the author of numerous books, including L'Ere des stades: Genese et structure d'un espace historique, Urbs ex machina, Le Corbusier and (with Jean-Marie Brohm) Le Football, une peste emotionnelle.
"Marc Perelman has written a magnificent manifesto for all of us dedicated anti-Olympiads, revealing in compelling detail how sport, which has long been the opium of the people, is now the political and financial dirty business of the rulers as well." - Terry Eagleton "This is the work of stirring polemic that all of us who were picked last for teams at school have been waiting for." Nick Lezard, Guardian "Bracingly bilious counterblast against the new 'planetary religion'." - Independent "Excited about the Olympics? If not, this bolus of weaponised French spleen will be the perfect literary antidote." - Steven Poole, Guardian