Embodiment, Identity and Disability Sport: An Ethnography of Elite Visually Impaired Athletes, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Embodiment, Identity and Disability Sport

An Ethnography of Elite Visually Impaired Athletes, 1st Edition

By Ben Powis


224 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-04-07
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This book investigates the complex relationship between embodiment, identity and disability sport, based on ethnographic research with an international-level visually impaired cricket team. Alongside issues of empowerment, classification and valorisation, it conceptualises the sensuous dimension of being in disability sport and challenges the idealised notion of the sporting body.

It explores the players’ lived experiences of participating and competing in an elite disabled sport culture, and uses an embodied theoretical approach drawing upon sociology, phenomenology and contemporary disability theory to examine aspects of this previously unexamined research 'site', both on and off the pitch. Written in a way that values and accurately represents the participants’ traditionally marginalised voices, the book analyses the role that elite disability sport plays in the construction of identity and helps us to better understand the relationships between disability, sport and wider society.

Embodiment, Identity and Disability Sport is essential reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy-maker working in disability sport, and a source of useful new perspectives for anybody with an interest in the sociology of sport or disability studies.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to visually impaired cricket: the opening delivery        

2. Disability, sport and social theory

3. The sensuous experiences of visually impaired cricket

4. Elite disability sport and empowerment: from the playground to the Oval

5. Classification, valorisation and the hierarchy of sight

6. Identity formation through elite disability sport

7. Embodiment, identity and disability sport: the close of play


About the Author

Ben Powis is Lecturer at the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Solent University, UK. His research interests lie in the sociology of disability sport, the embodied experiences of visually impaired people in sport and physical activity and investigating the significance of sensuous sporting experiences.

About the Series

Disability Sport and Physical Activity Cultures

The Disability, Sport and Physical Activity Cultures series provides an outlet for high-quality books concerned with the politics and policy of sport broadly defined. It gives shape to, and showcases, the burgeoning academic field of ‘Disability Sport Studies and Adapted Physical Activity’. Books within the series engage critically with the nature of sport and physical activity and the socio-cultural significance that this has on people with disabilities. A particular aim of the series is to encourage critical reflection on the cultural politics, governance, management and philosophy of disability sport and physical activity cultures.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Disability Sports