1st Edition

The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement Through an Anthropological Lens

By David Howe Copyright 2008
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Athlete as Anthropologist, Anthropologist as Athlete, Part 1: Sport and Disability, 2. A Social History of Sport for the Disabled, 3. Paralympic ‘Lived History’: Reflections of a Participant Observer, 4. The Politics of Sporting Disablement, 5. Mediated Paralympic Culture, Part 2: Impairment, Sport and Performance, 6. The Imperfect Body and Sport, 7. Technology and the Paralympic Games, 8. Accommodating Paralympic Bodies, Appendix: Through the Anthropological Lens


    P. David Howe