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The Contents of Power: Narrative and Soft Power in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies

The Contents of Power: Narrative and Soft Power in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies

This paper examines debates about soft power and popular culture, with particular attention to the framing and reception of the opening ceremonies at the Olympics. It examines how national narratives, particularly in the oft-noted Beijing 2008 Games and the London 2012 Games, have been analysed, turning then to a discussion of clues regarding the likely framing of the 2020 opening ceremony in Tokyo.

ERIA Discussion Paper no 294

Date

26 August 2019

Author

David Leheny

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