Media and the Paralympics: Progress, visibility, and paradox

Gerard Goggin, Brett Hutchins

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This chapter explores the emergence, role and function, and characteristics of media management in the Paralympics. It combines a critical disability studies perspective with approaches to sport drawn from sociology, media, communications, and cultural studies. By sketching a reconstruction of the development of media in the Paralympics since its inception, and supported by in-depth interviews with leading disability sport media practitioners and administrators, we offer a characterization of the “full service” media management that has evolved in the lead up to 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. We argue that Paralympics possess a history that is indivisible from the political voices, everyday experiences and wellbeing of disabled citizens and communities. This history needs to be respected and acknowledged both in media and through its management in future Paralympics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging the Paralympics
EditorsSimon Darcy, Stephen Frawley, Daryl Adair
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781137435224
ISBN (Print)9781137435200
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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