The culture of the olympic games from Australian athletes' perspectives

Schuler, Margaret Louise (2003) The culture of the olympic games from Australian athletes' perspectives. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Specifically, this study is about the effects of culture, organisational culture and postmodernism on the Olympic Games and the perceptions of Australian Olympic athletes, both past and present and their understanding of the culture of the Olympic Games. The focus of this research examines the culture of the Olympic Games and provides insights into the background of the Games from Australian athlete's perspective. The study explores this theme further in order to understand those areas of culture which Australian athletes rarely get the opportunity to talk about and thereby offers the occasion to open new avenues for research into the culture of organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee. Furthermore, the thesis probes into the culture of the Olympic Games using the theoretical structures of Organisational Culture and Postmodernism to provide a better understanding and knowledge base for the discipline. Also, the research reports upon the athlete's perspectives in the light of the two previous theoretical structures. In spite of these previous points, little is known regarding the cultural aspects of the Olympic Games and even less is known of the culture of the Olympic Games from the athletes' perspective. Participants in an Olympic Games - athletes, officials, dignitaries, press, technicians and support personnel all experience the cultural mix of individuals at the Games first hand. However, it would certainly be of importance to understand how athletes communicate and relate to each other and how all participants within the Olympic Games organisation relate and communicate with each other. However, there is a need to acknowledge that politics exists within the Olympic Games and that its existence should be brought out of the background and placed on the agenda so that political action within the Games can be avoided in order that they might function more effectively and at a higher standard. A knowledge of culture and politics and the pitfalls and problems associated with change in the Olympic Games would support the building between individual athletes rather than allow conflict and competition to occur. This implies that, if individuals can work together without having to consider politics, then the system will benefit.

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ID Code: 15833
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Gilbert, Keith & Cuddihy, Thomas
Keywords: Culture, olympic games, Australian Athletes, organisational culture, postmodernism, International Olympic Committee, politics, conflict, competition.
Department: Health
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Margaret Louise Schuler
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:39

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