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Disability, Masculinity, Militarism: The Paralympics and the Cultural (Re-)production of the Para-athlete-soldier

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posted on 16.11.2020, 13:38 by Emma PullenEmma Pullen, Michael Silk
© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this paper, we unpack the body politic of the para-athlete-soldier and its positioning within masculinizing, militarized, 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, E. & Silk, M. 2020. Gender, Technology and the Ablenational Paralympic Body Politic. Cultural Studies, 34(3):466–88] of National Paralympic bodies offers compelling insights into contemporary disability biopolitics where sport, militarization, gender and the neoliberal national body intersect.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of War & Culture Studies

Volume

13

Issue

4

Pages

444 - 461

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of War & Culture Studies on 21 Oct 20, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2020.1829789

Acceptance date

14/09/2020

Publication date

2020-10-21

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1752-6272

eISSN

1752-6280

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Emma Pullen Deposit date: 13 November 2020