In light of the recent 40th
anniversary, this book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore Mexico City’s staging of the Olympic Games in 1968. The Games were the first to be hosted by a developing, Spanish-speaking Latin American country, and the chapters investigate the motives behind the IOC’s decision in choosing Mexico as the host, and the international concerns and conclusions regarding its staging of the event. It then moves on to address the issues of developing world identities, the Black American protest, and the Mexican Student Movement as well as examine themes of memory and commemoration, and exploring the ways in which the genres of literature and protest music can enrich our appreciation of this historical event.
Offering an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to this historically significant event, this book will be of real significance to students and scholars in the field.