The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?

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Keith Gilbert, Otto J. Schantz
Meyer & Meyer Verlag, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 253 pages
Every four years, hundreds of disabled athletes from around the world gather together to compete in the largest sporting event of its kind - the Paralympic Games. Yet there is always one question which overshadows the Games - does the Paralympics empower individuals with disability, or is it simply a sop to the major Olympic event? Divided into five specific areas of study - Public and Media Perceptions; Inside the Paralympic Games; Olympics vs. Paralympics; Cultural Diversity; and Future Directions - this thoroughly researched volume attempts to bring this discussion out into the open and, if not provide an answer, then to pave the way for future investigation that might.
 

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Contents

RECONCEPTUALIZING THE PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT
8
THE FIRE WITHIN THE SYDNEY 2000 PARALYMPIC GAMES OPENING CEREMONY
18
ELITE WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES RELATE TO SPORT MEDIA
25
FRENCH GERMAN NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE 1996 ATLANTA PARALYMPIC GAMES
34
SPECTATING AT THE PARALYMPIC GAMES ATHENS 2004
57
MEDIA AND THE PARALYMPIC GAMES
68
INNOVATIVE MARKETING FOR THE PARALYMPICS
79
CLASSIFICATION AND THE GAMES
90
TWO GAMES ONE MOVEMENT? THE PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT VERSUS THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT
155
OLYMPISM AND THE OLYMPIC ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
167
VOLUNTEERISM AND THE PARALYMPIC GAMES
176
HERDING CATS MANAGING AND ADMINISTERING PARALYMPIC TEAMS
184
IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY TERRORISM AND THE PARALYMPICS
190
PARALYMPIC SPORT AND NEW ZEALAND THE JOURNEY
200
THE RISE OF PARALYMPIC SPORT IN SLOVENIA
212
KOSOVOS ATTEMPTS TO JOIN THE WORLD STAGE
221

COACHING AT THE PARALYMPIC LEVEL IF ONLY THE ADMINISTRATORS UNDERSTOOD
102
SPORT SCIENCE AND THE PARALYMPICS
115
FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN AND THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT A COACHS PERSPECTIVE OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN THE...
126
PARALYMPIC COMPETITION OR TECHNICAL BREAKDOWN
134
THE PARALYMPICS HORSE POWER
140
A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR AND VIBRANCY PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON THE PARALYMPICS
148
THE PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT IN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT
230
THE PARALYMPICS A MALAYSIAN PERSPECTIVE
239
CRITICAL THEORY AND THE PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT
246
BREAKING THE CHAINS
252
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