Reframing disability? Media, (Dis)empowerment, and voice in the 2012 Paralympics

Daniel Jackson*, Caroline E.M. Hodges, Mike Molesworth, Richard Scullion

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The London 2012 Paralympic Games - the biggest, most accessible and best-attended games in the Paralympics' 64-year history - came with an explicit aim to "transform the perception of disabled people in society," and use sport to contribute to "a better world for all people with a disability." This social agenda offered the potential to re-frame disability; to symbolically challenge "ableist" ideology and to offer a reinvention of the (dis)abled body and a redefinition of the possible. This edited collection investigates what has and is happening in relation to these ambitions. The book is structured around three key questions: 1. What were the predominant mediated narratives surrounding the Paralympics, and what are the associated meanings attached to them? 2. How were the Paralympics experienced by media audiences (both disabled and non-disabled)? 3. To what extent did the 2012 Paralympics inspire social change? Each section of this book is interspersed with authentic "voices" from outside academia: broadcasters, athletes and disabled schoolchildren.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages269
ISBN (Electronic)9781317632702
ISBN (Print)9781138797239
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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