Same Spirit Different Team:The Politicisation of the Deaflympics

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Same Spirit Different Team:The Politicisation of the Deaflympics

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The book explores the challenges and barriers faced by deaf sportspeople and how their specific needs can be met going forwards. Harrison debates whether deaf people should participate in the Paralympics and examines the current state of Deaf sport in the UK, offering recommendations on how future deaf athletes can be supported and encouraged to access high-performance sport.

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Publisher: Action Deafness Books

ISBN-10: 0957082282

ISBN-13: 978-0957082281

Author: Stuart R. Harrison

Same Spirit Different Team: The Politicisation of the Deaflympics is an in-depth account of the growth and development of the Deaflympic movement since its launch in 1924. Harrison chronicles the historical struggles of the movement and shows how it has been afflicted by stigmatisation, marginalisation and difficulties in securing government support and sustainable funding. He also shares his unique insight into the internal politics of the Deaflympics and its problematic relationship with major sporting organisations, in particular, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

The book explores the challenges and barriers faced by deaf sportspeople and how their specific needs can be met going forwards. Harrison debates whether deaf people should participate in the Paralympics and examines the current state of Deaf sport in the UK, offering recommendations on how future deaf athletes can be supported and encouraged to access high-performance sport.

Readers from scholars to athletes to politicians will find Harrison’s work a fascinating and informative analysis of Deaf sport and culture as he promotes equality of opportunity for deaf competitors and calls for a shift in attitude towards Deaf sport, seeking to procure the recognition and support that the Deaflympics movement deserves.

About the Author:

Stuart R Harrison has over 30 years’ experience in Deaf Sport as an athlete, administrator and leader covering both professional and voluntary roles. He is an experienced public speaker and is often asked to comment on TV and radio on the subject of deaf sport.

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Weight 0.83 kg
Dimensions 156 x 19 x 234 cm