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Disability, masculinity, militarism: The Paralympics and the cultural (re-)production of the para-athlete-soldier.

Pullen, E. and Silk, M., 2020. Disability, masculinity, militarism: The Paralympics and the cultural (re-)production of the para-athlete-soldier. Journal of War and Culture Studies. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/17526272.2020.1829789

Abstract

In this paper, we unpack the body politic of the para-athlete-soldier and its positioning within masculinising, militarised, national, popular cultural discourses. Drawing on an integrated methodological approach that explored the media production, representation and consumption of the 2016 Paralympics, we focus on the inscription of a disabled masculinity onto the bodies of ex-military personnel that inculcate normative notions of heterosexuality and the neoliberal (‘inclusive’) national and ableist body politic. The data set indicate that the hyper- and hypo-visibility of Paralympians construct inclusive cultural collective imaginaries around disability inclusion and the ‘progressive’ state whilst at the same time structuring forms of disciplinary exclusion. We conclude that the gendered, technologized and commodified bodies (Pullen & Silk, 2020) of National Paralympic bodies offers compelling insights into contemporary disability biopolitics where sport, militarisation, gender and the neoliberal national body intersect.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1752-6272
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:34665
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Oct 2020 10:23
Last Modified:07 Oct 2020 10:23

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