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The Socialization and Participation of Deaflympians in Sport

Foster, Rebecca, Fitzgerald, H. and Stride, A. (2018) The Socialization and Participation of Deaflympians in Sport. Sport in Society, 22 (12). pp. 1904-1918. ISSN Print: 1743-0437 Online: 1743-0445

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D/deaf people are often ignored within sports research. This paper centralizes the experiences of four D/deaf athletes who have competed in the Deaflympics and offers some insights about their socialization into sport. The key questions addressed are: (1) What are the key factors enabling D/deaf athletes’ involvement and progression in elite D/deaf sport? (2) What are the key challenges D/deaf athletes face when participating and progressing in D/deaf sport? Findings from the interviews suggest that early specialization into sport does not include exposure to Deaf sport. However, the athletes enthusiastically embraced Deaf sport, gaining an immense sense of achievement from these sporting endeavors. Interestingly, this outlook was often tempered because the athletes were aware of the ways in which Deaf sport is valued less than hearing sport. In concluding, we argue that sport practitioners need to promote D/deafness through the merits of ‘deaf gain’ rather than considering D/deafness as negative.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: D/deaf sport, socialization, athletes perspectives, deaflympics, participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Rebecca Foster
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 12:09
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 11:42

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