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The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement : Through an Anthropological Lens - David Howe

The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement

Through an Anthropological Lens

By: David Howe, Ian McDonald (Adapted By), Jennifer Hargreaves (Adapted By)

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Do the Paralympic Games empower the disability sport community?

Like many other contemporary sporting institutions, the Paralympic Games have made the transition from pastime to spectacle, and the profile of athletes with disabilities has been increased as a result. This book reviews the current status of the Paralympics and challenges the mainstream assumption that the Games are a vehicle for empowerment of the disabled community.

Using ethnographic methods unique in this area of study, P. David Howe has undertaken an innovative and critical examination of the social, political and economic processes shaping the Paralympic Movement. In The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement he presents his findings and offers a new insight into the relationship between sport, the body and the culture of disability. In doing so he has produced the most comprehensive and radical text about high performance sport for the disabled yet published.

P. David Howe is Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University. He is also a four-time Paralympian and former Athlete's Representative to the International Paralympic Committee.

List of illustrationsp. viii
Series editors' forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Athlete as anthropologist, anthropologist as athletep. 1
Sport and disabilityp. 13
A social history of sport for the disabledp. 15
Paralympic 'lived history': reflections of a participant observerp. 38
The politics of sporting disablementp. 62
Mediated Paralympic culturep. 82
Impairment, sport and performancep. 99
The imperfect body and sportp. 101
Technology and the Paralympic Gamesp. 120
Accommodating Paralympic bodiesp. 137
Through an anthropological lensp. 153
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 168
Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9780415288873
ISBN-10: 0415288878
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 187
Published: 7th February 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1