School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Sociology of Sport Research Group Seminar Series: A Mockery of Equality

Event details

  • 28 February 2018
  • 2.00PM - 4.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: No
  • CL1.09, Clarendon Building  |  Directions

About | Sociology of Sport Research Group Seminar Series: A Mockery of Equality

The Sociology of Sport Research Group aims to provide a supportive environment to encourage, challenge and inspire students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) to further their research journeys into the exciting world of the sociology of sport. The group is the student-focused arm of the Social Significance of Sport Research Group within the Department of Psychology, Sport and Exercise at Teesside University. The current seminar series began in October 2017 and will run until May 2018.

This month's seminar, A Mockery of Equality: the relationship between the Paralympic Games & disability equality in the UK, by Stuart Braye will discuss the research he is doing for his PhD by Completed Works.

Stuart became a disabled person in 1985, competed in the 1992 Paralympic Games and worked for almost ten years in sports development for disabled people. He has a wealth of experience related to personal experiences of discrimination and has always considered himself to be a disabled activist. In recent years he has used this expertise to focus his attention on using the Paralympics to draw attention to wider disability issues in the UK. Since 2013 Stuart has published eight journal articles and book chapters in the field of critical disability studies, theology and sport. He has used online surveys, narrative interviews, and content analysis to gather data to critically analyse the aims of the International Paralympic Committee and disability equality in the UK. His findings suggest that disabled activists vehemently resist the Paralympic ideal, contradict the views of Paralympic athletes, and Stuart argues that the Paralympic Games has a negative impact on disability equality in the UK.

This promises to be an inspiring event for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, especially those interested in the sociology of sport subject area. All are welcome so please invite your students and any colleagues from other Schools if you think they might be interested.

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