Voices from the armchair: the meanings afforded to the Paralympics by UK television audiences.

This source preferred by Carrie Hodges and Dan Jackson

Authors: Hodges, C., Jackson, D. and Scullion, R.

Editors: Hodges, C., Jackson, D., Scullion, R. and Molesworth, M.

Pages: 172-187

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: London

By way of stories and everyday talk about disability and sport from armchair spectators, in this chapter we explore engagement with televised representations of the 2012 Paralympics and how audiences make sense of this experience within the context of their everyday lives. In particular, we consider the tensions that arise between issues of distance and distancing; the unexpected emotional engagement with the Paralympics as a sporting occasion – even if, for some, it was not ‘real sport’, and knowing how to engage in talk about disability.

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