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The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement

Through an Anthropological Lens, 1st Edition

By David Howe


196 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Physical Impairments
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports