Reframing Impairment? Continuity and Change in Media Representations of Disability through the Paralympic Games

Beacom, Aaron; French, Liam and Kendall, Scott (2016) Reframing Impairment? Continuity and Change in Media Representations of Disability through the Paralympic Games. International Journal of Sport Communication, 9 (1). pp. 42-62. ISSN 1936-3915

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1123/ijsc.2015-0077

Abstract

This study, which examines key features of contemporary media representations of disabled athletes in the context of the Paralympic Games, engages with established literature on representations of disability in order to critically interpret recent trends in journalistic inquiry. The analysis of media coverage of the 2012 and 2014 Paralympic Games identifies salient themes concerning the representation of disability. This, along with an investigation of documentary evidence concerning attempts by key stakeholders including the International Paralympic Committee to influence the nature of representation, contributes to an interrogation of the disability narrative emerging from the Paralympic Games and a consideration of the extent to which media coverage has shifted significantly from previous representations of disability.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: content analysis, disability, media, paralympics, representation
Members: University of St Mark & St John
Depositing User: Mrs Wendy Evans
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 03:04
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/10198

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