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Sport, Disability, and Inclusion

Brittain, I and Christiaens, M (2022) Sport, Disability, and Inclusion. In: Wenner, L, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society. Oxford University Press, pp. 867-888. ISBN 9780197519042

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This chapter examines the intersectionality of disability and sport and their possible connection to the increased inclusion of disabled people within the wider society. Compared to sport for non-disabled people, which has been around for centuries, disability sport and sport for disabled people are relatively new concepts. Ludwig Guttmann was a pioneer when he introduced sport as part of a rehabilitation regime at Stoke Mandeville hospital in the United Kingdom, which later evolved into the second largest multisport event in the world, the Paralympic Games. Despite such success, disabled people still face an uphill battle to find and engage in sporting opportunities and achieve broader inclusion within society. Moreover, the Paralympic Games might not bring the societal change that is often hoped for. While more and more community sport clubs self-identify as being inclusive, ableist attitudes remain a key characteristic to how inclusion is operationalized in practice. This chapter explores some of the key issues and debates pertaining to the inclusion of disabled people in sport and society, in addition to some of the models and theories pertaining to disability.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mass media and sports
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:19
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197519011.013.46
Editors: Wenner, L
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17914
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