(Un)imaginable (Para-)athletes: A Discourse Analysis of Athletics Websites in Canada

Peers, Danielle, Konoval, Timothy and Marsh Naturkach, Rebecca 2020, (Un)imaginable (Para-)athletes: A Discourse Analysis of Athletics Websites in Canada, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 112-128, doi: 10.1123/apaq.2019-0062.

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Title (Un)imaginable (Para-)athletes: A Discourse Analysis of Athletics Websites in Canada
Author(s) Peers, Danielle
Konoval, TimothyORCID iD for Konoval, Timothy orcid.org/0000-0002-2638-8125
Marsh Naturkach, Rebecca
Journal name Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 112
End page 128
Total pages 17
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 0736-5829
Keyword(s) Foucault
Summary This Foucauldian discourse analysis engages DePauw’s theory of disability and visibility to examine the construction of para-athletes within the websites of Canada’s “fully integrated” athletics sport system. The authors found that para-athletes remain largely unimaginable within most athletics websites. When present, para-athletes are often only imagined as marginal participants, or marginalized through medical and charitable discourses. The authors offer examples of para-athletes being reimagined primarily as athletes, and some examples where (para-)athletics was reimagined by identifying and removing barriers to full participation. The authors close with some learning points that may enable sport practitioners to change how they discursively construct para-athletes and thus contribute to a less marginalizing and exclusionary sport system.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/apaq.2019-0062
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143292

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