'A mockery of equality': An exploratory investigation into disabled activists' views of the Paralympic Games

Stuart Braye, Kevin Dixon, Tom Gibbons

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Abstract

This article offers an exploratory analysis of the opinions of disabled activists towards the Paralympic Games. With the use of a qualitative online survey, the work focuses on the perceptions of disabled individuals (n = 32) who are not Paralympic athletes but are affiliated to the disability rights group, the United Kingdom Disabled People's Council. Working on the premise that the views of disabled activists have been excluded from Paralympic sports discourse to date, the results illustrate a nuanced yet negative view of the Games to contrast with an existing, yet overly positive, academic narrative. Participants were particularly cynical of the portrayal and production of the Games and its Paralympic athletes as they perceived that the wider population of disabled people is misrepresented. The overwhelming perception in this preliminary analysis suggests that the Paralympic Games can be counterproductive to disability rights beyond sport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)984-996
Number of pages13
JournalDisability and Society
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2013

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