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|Title: ||The Seoul Olympic Games and Korean society : causes, context and consequences|
|Authors: ||Cho, Ji Hyun|
|Keywords: ||Seoul Olympics|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||© Ji Hyun Cho|
|Abstract: ||The overall aim of the research project is to investigate the alms and the
consequences of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The Seoul Olympics took place over
twenty years ago, and the event has had a significant impact on South Korean society
which is best explained by reference to theories of globalization and mega events. The
project uses qualitative methods and a variety of data sources to evaluate the domestic
impact of the Games in relation to culture, politics, sport, and economics.
The analysis is contextualised within an understanding of Korean history with
specific reference to Japanese colonialism and relations between North and South Korea.
Particular attention is paid to the decision by most of the Communist bloc to participate
in the Seoul Olympics, despite a North Korean boycott. The thesis also examines the
reasons that lay behind Seoul wiuning the right to host the Games, as well as the postGames
consequences, both of which are addressed using empirical data drawn from
interviews and documentary evidence.
Having addressed the evidence within the context of wider sociological debate
concerning globalisation, the thesis concludes that South Korea's political, economic,
cultural and sporting interests were well served by the Seoul Olympic Games, and that
hosting a mega-event of this scale helped to accelerate South Korea's modernisation
process and its emergence on the global stage.|
|Description: ||Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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