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Fastest,, Highest,, Strongest Rob Beamish

Fastest,, Highest,, Strongest

Rob Beamish

Published June 30th 2006
ISBN : 9780203967850
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194 pages
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Fastest, Highest, Strongest presents a comprehensive challenge to the dominant orthodoxy concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.Examining the political and economic transformation of the Olympic Movement during the twentiethMoreFastest, Highest, Strongest presents a comprehensive challenge to the dominant orthodoxy concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.Examining the political and economic transformation of the Olympic Movement during the twentieth century, the authors argue that the realities of modern sport require a serious reassessment of current policies, in particular the ban on the use of certain substances and practices. The book includes detailed discussion of:- The historical importance of World War II and the Cold War in the development of a high-performance culture in sport.- The changing Olympic project: from amateurism to a fully professionalized approach.- The changing meaning of sport.- The role of sport science, technology and drugs in pursuing ever-better performance.- The major ethical and philosophical arguments used to support the ban on performance-enhancing substances in sport.Fastest, Highest, Strongest is a profound, critical examination of modern sport, of interest to both students and scholars in the field of sport studies, as well as sociologists, political scientists, policymakers, sports administrators, and athletes themselves