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Title: Cyborg and supercrip: the paralympics technology and the (dis)empowerment of disabled athletes
Authors: Howe, P. David
Keywords: Cyborg
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: SAGE © The Author
Citation: HOWE, P.D., 2011. Cyborg and supercrip: the paralympics technology and the (dis)empowerment of disabled athletes. Sociology, 45 (5), pp. 868 - 882.
Abstract: Over the last two decades the Paralympic Games have gained a high public profile. As a result there has been an ever increasing commercial marketplace for aerodynamic and feather light racing (wheel)chairs as well as biomechanically and ergonomically responsive prostheses that have helped create a legion of cyborg bodies that is manifest in the image of the sporting supercrip. Mobility devices that enhance performance have also created a divide between different impairment groups and also amongst ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ nations. This article highlights the development of a technocentric ideology within the Paralympic Movement that has led to the cyborgification of some Paralympic bodies. It questions whether the advances in technology are actually empowering disabled athletes.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Sociology [SAGE © The Author] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511413421
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0038038511413421
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15942
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511413421
ISSN: 0038-0385
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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