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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Norton, Alexandra Elizabeth
URN etd-04132010-131348
Document Title Narratives of disabled athletes in an able-bodied world
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr L H Human Supervisor
  • paralympic athlete
  • discrimination
  • an integrative approach to disability
  • qualitative research
  • kwalitatiewe navorsing
  • paralimpiese atleet
  • diskriminasie
  • mediese model van gestremdheid
  • integrerende benadering tot gestremdheid
  • sosiale model van gestremdheid
  • ervaring
  • kultuur-stories
  • sport
  • gestremdheid
  • narratief
  • medical model of disability
  • social model of disability
  • experience
  • cultural stories
  • sport
  • narrative
  • disability
Date 2009-09-01
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This qualitative study, set in a postmodern context, explored the narratives of six disabled athletes, all of whom participated in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Each participant was asked the question: “How do you experience being a disabled athlete in an able-bodied world?” The aim of the study was to understand how these athletes attribute meaning to their lives as disabled athletes. A narrative analysis was conducted and the results presented in the form of letters of reply to the participants and the reader. From their narratives it is evident that there are diverse ways in which the participants experience their lives as disabled athletes. The majority of participants seemed to identify with the social model of disability, indicating that society and economic structures have a marginalising impact upon disabled individuals. However, they also provided new outcomes in how they experience being disabled, which add to an integrative approach to disability. All the participants narrated situations that were more challenging for them because of their disability; however, it appears that sport plays a very positive role in each of their lives.

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Norton, AE 2008, Narratives of disabled athletes in an able-bodied world, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04132010-131348/ >

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