Narratives of the nation in the Olympic opening ceremonies: comparative analysis of Beijing 2008 and London 2012

  title={Narratives of the nation in the Olympic opening ceremonies: comparative analysis of Beijing 2008 and London 2012},
  author={Jongsoo James Lee and Hyun Sang Yoon},
  journal={Nations and Nationalism},
  • J. Lee, H. Yoon
  • Published 27 March 2017
  • Sociology
  • Nations and Nationalism
This paper examines the ways in which nationalism and the narratives of the nation were constructed in the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The ritual of the opening ceremony represents a concentration of features, qualities and messages that combine the local and global, the culturally specific and universal, in a complex production. Using textual analysis of the telecast of the above two opening ceremonies, the study found that the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony used… 

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