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Watching disability: UK audience perceptions of the Paralympics, equality and social change.

Pullen, E., Jackson, D. and Silk, M., 2020. Watching disability: UK audience perceptions of the Paralympics, equality and social change. European Journal of Communication. (In Press)

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Abstract

Despite the social change ambitions of Paralympic governing bodies and National broadcasters, there is still a shortage of evidence of where public social attitudes stand with respect to disabled bodies, and how these respond to the changing nature of Paralympic broadcasting. Based on a large-scale qualitative audience study across England and Wales, we aim to address this empirical gap. Our findings demonstrate how audiences internalise socially progressive ideas towards disability in line with Channel 4’s broadcasting strategy. These include a greater appreciation of Paralympic sport as an elite sporting event, the ‘normalisation’ of the technologically enhanced disabled body and an awareness of emerging cultural citizenship concerning disability rights-based discourses. Yet, at the same time, we evidence new, potentially damaging stigma hierarchies of disability preference framed by ‘ablenational’ sentiments. Findings are discussed within ongoing debates around mega sporting events, media audiences and disability biopolitics.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0267-3231
Uncontrolled Keywords:Paralympics; Disability; Broadcasting; Media audiences; Sports mega events
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:33555
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 Mar 2020 16:32
Last Modified:02 Apr 2020 15:57

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