The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies

  • Ian Brittain
  • Aaron Beacom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ian Brittain, Aaron Beacom
    Pages 1-11
  3. Conceptualising Disability Sport

  4. Structure and Development of the Paralympic Movement

  5. Paralympic Sport: Political and Strategic Perspectives

  6. The Paralympic Movement: Governance Perspectives

  7. Paralympic Games Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 479-479
    2. Shane Kerr
      Pages 481-505
    3. Evgeny Bukharov
      Pages 507-530
    4. Ian Brittain, Leonardo Jose Mataruna Dos Santos
      Pages 531-553
  8. Contemporary Paralympic Legacies and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 603-603
    2. Michael Cottingham, Renan Petersen-Wagner
      Pages 605-624
    3. Athanasios (Sakis) Pappous, Christopher Brown
      Pages 647-664
    4. Aaron Beacom, Ian Brittain
      Pages 665-672
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 673-687

About this book


This handbook provides a critical assessment of contemporary issues that define the contours of the Paralympic Movement generally and the Paralympic Games more specifically. It addresses conceptualisations of disability sport, explores the structure of the Paralympic Movement and considers key political strategic and governance issues which have shaped its development. 

The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies is written by a range of international authors, a number of whom are senior strategists as well as academics, and explores legacy themes through case studies of recent Paralympic games. Written in the wake of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, it provides an assessment of contemporary challenges faced by the International Paralympic Committee and other key stakeholders in the Paralympic Movement.

Its critical assessment of approaches to branding, classification, social inclusion and technological advances makes this handbook a valuable resource for undergraduate study across a range of sport and disability related programmes, as well as a point of reference for researchers and policy makers.


Conceptualising Disability Sport Stigma in Sport Oppression in Sport Barriers to Inclusion in Sport Sport and Social Movements for Disability Communities Representations of Disability and the Paralympic Games Social Media and the Paralympic Games

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Brittain
    • 1
  • Aaron Beacom
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Business in SocietyCoventry UniversityCoventryUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of St Mark and St JohnPlymouthUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-47900-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-47901-3
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