Foucauldian biopower in action: The case of disability sport events in Taiwan, 1972-1992

This paper explores the development of sport for the disabled in Taiwan, from its inception in 1972 until 1992.We start by outlining the socio-political context of Taiwan and highlight how and why the games began as the first of their kind in the sinophone world. Adopting a Foucauldian lens, we use the concept of biopower to illuminate the State apparatus that controls bodies with disabilities. Data was collected through the Foucauldian genealogical tradition, which focuses on how the purpose of the Games for the Disabled was not simply established to provide sporting opportunities, but also became a vehicle in which the biopower of the sovereign was employed. Through the staging of the Games, the authorities of Taiwan achieved the goal of governing the bodies of the disabled in an effort to make the subjugated citizens aware that the disabled should be utilised to contribute toward the nation's greater good.