This empirically-grounded text examines the policy, planning, development and implementation of disability sport events. It draws insights from a major international comparative study of different types of large multi-national sporting events: integrated events where able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability compete alongside one another, and non-integrated events where athletes with a disability are separated by time but occurring in the same location.
Guided by a critical disability studies perspective, the book highlights the strategic opportunity of sporting events to influence social change around community participation, and attitudes and awareness about disability more broadly. It also challenges assumptions about positive event legacies and suggests a need for a multi-lateral approach to planning.
An important read for students, researchers and scholars in the fields of sport policy, sport development, disability sport, sport management, disability studies and event studies.
1. Introduction to Disability Studies and Sport
2. Sport Events and Social Change
3. Conceptualizing Disability Events: Structure and Processes
4. Policy Perspectives of Disability and Events
5. Communicating Parasport Events: Marketing and Media
6. Organizational Management Perspectives and Opportunities
7. Attitudes and Disability Sport Events
8. Future of Parasport Events…Separate but Equal?
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.