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Reframing Disability ? Media, (Dis)Empowerment, and Voice in the 2012 Paralympics

Routledge, 2015, 270 p., £140.

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.

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