Elite athletes or superstars? Media representation of para-athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Gayle McPherson, Hugh O'Donnell, David McGillivray, Laura Misener

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Abstract

This article offers a discourse analysis of media representations of para-athletes before, during and post the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in print and online sources, drawing on the lens of critical disability theory. We consider the importance of the media–sport cultural complex in influencing public attitudes towards disability. We conclude that whilst the importance of discursive change cannot be underestimated at the level of the media agenda, change at the level of lived experience will only flow from carefully designed and executed political and policy initiatives rather than directly from changes in the media presentation or visibility of individual athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-675
Number of pages17
JournalDisability and Society
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016

Keywords

  • Commonwealth Games
  • Para-sport
  • disability
  • media
  • mega-events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Health Professions

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