Inclusion is primarily discussed in education. With the increasing number of member states of the United Nations ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, academics have vividly discussed inclusion in the context of other areas of life, such as the community at large, as ‘social inclusion’ in the context of work and employment, and with regard to the aspects addressed by Article 30.5 of the Convention, namely cultural life, recreation, leisure, and sport. This volume is organized around the topic inclusion in sport and has a particular focus on the participation of people with disabilities in sport. Typical barriers for people with disabilities to participate in sport include lack of awareness on the part of people without disabilities as to how to involve them in teams adequately; lack of opportunities and programmes for training and competition; too few accessible facilities due to physical barriers; and limited information on and access to resources. The chapters attribute central importance to the processes and mechanisms of inclusion that operate within sporting environments and to the question of either what happens or could happen to persons with disabilities who enter the playing field.
The chapters were originally published in a special issue of Sport in Society.
Eli A. Wolff and Mary A. Hums
1. Inclusion in sport: disability and participation
2. Hard bodies: exploring historical and cultural factors in disabled people’s participation in exercise; applying critical disability theory
3. Making the right real! A case study on the implementation of the right to sport for persons with disabilities in Ethiopia
Mina C. Mojtahedi and Hisayo Katsui
4. The relationship between physical activity and self-efficacy in children with disabilities
Kim Wickman, Madelene Nordlund and Christina Holm
5. A global perspective on disparity of gender and disability for deaf female athletes
Becky Clark and Johanna Mesch
6. The outcomes of running a sport camp for children and youth with visual impairments on faculty members’ teaching, research, and service activities: a case study
Otávio L. P. C. Furtado, Lauren J. Lieberman and Gustavo L. Gutierrez
7. Sense of belonging: is inclusion the answer?
Melissa H. D’Eloia and Pollie Price
8. Between a rock and a hard place: the impact of the professionalization of the role of the teaching assistant in mainstream school physical education in the United Kingdom
9. The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation
P. David Howe and Carla Filomena Silva
10. About inclusive participation in sport: cultural desirability and technical obstacles
11. Forgotten bodies – an examination of physical education from the perspective of ableism
Martin Giese and Sebastian Ruin
12. Social participation of people with disabilities in boxing and capoeira: a comparative ethnographic multi-sited focus
Cheri A. Blauwet
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.