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The Paralympic Games Explained

The Paralympic Games is the second largest multi-sport festival on earth and an event which poses profound and challenging questions about the nature of sport, disability and society. The Paralympic Games Explained is the first complete introduction to the Paralympic phenomenon, exploring every key aspect and issue, from the history and development of the Paralympic movement to the economic and social impact of the contemporary Games. The book introduces the three most important theoretical models of disability (medical, social and bio-social), to enable the reader to fully understand the Paralympics in the context of wider discussions of disability in society. It also offers a straightforward explanation of the importance of language and terminology in shaping our understanding of disability and disability sport. Including international examples and comparative material throughout, the book offers detailed and broad-ranging discussion of key issues such as: * how societal attitudes influence disability sport * the governance of Paralympic and elite disability sport * the relationship between the Paralympics and the Olympics * drugs and technology in disability sport * classification in disability sport. Containing useful features throughout, such as review questions, study activities, web links and guides to further reading, The Paralympic Games Explained is the most accessible, comprehensive and thoughtful guide to the Paralympics currently available. It is essential reading for all students with an interest in disability sport, sporting mega-events, the politics of sport, or disability in society.
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Table of Contents

1. The History and Development of the Paralympic Games 2. The Olympic Movement and the Paralympic Games 3. The Governance of Paralympic Sport 4. Disability and the Body 5. The Broader Social Issues of Disability within Society and their Impact on Sports Participation 6. Media, Marketing and Disability Sport 7. Major Issues within the Paralympic Movement 8. The Under Representation of Women and Athletes with High Support Needs at the Paralympic Games 9. International Perspectives on Paralympic Participation 10. Special Olympics, Intellectual Disability and the Paralympic Games. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Dr Ian Brittain has formerly been an Executive Board member of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and was the Sports Co-ordinator for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games in Rio de Janiero. He has attended the last three Summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. His research focuses upon sociological, historical and sports management aspects of Paralympic and disability sport.


'A remarkable book', Olympic Review 'This would be a useful introductory resource for those interested in disability studies, particularly if coupled with a general history of the subject. Summing Up: Recommended', Choice, May 2010 'This clearly printed and presented book is not merely well researched, indexed and referenced, it is an 'easy read' ... I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the story and background to the origins and development of the Paralymic Games', Bernard Atha, Chair of the UK Sports Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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