Olympic effort: rhetorics of disability, sport, and resistance in the 2012 London Olympic narratives

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dc.contributor Bagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributor Billings, Andrew C.
dc.contributor Bissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor.advisor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor.author Butler, W. Sim
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:09:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:09:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001644
dc.identifier.other Butler_alatus_0004D_11963
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2098
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, England, stand as an international media spectacle from which cultural, political, and social narratives emerge within the athletic struggles of the event's competitors. Central to these narratives are the social constructions of the normative body, a concept that props up certain types of bodies as normal, natural, or ideal, while subjugating other types of bodies. Especially in athletic competition, where performance and ability are measured and ballyhooed, the ableist notions that some bodies are normal and some are abnormal construct hegemonic norms with worldwide reverberations. However, the participation of particular athletes in the qualification for, competition during, and commercial advertisements directly following 2012 Summer Olympic Games produced rhetorical space to challenge normative constructions. This critical cultural rhetorical dissertation examines how bodies of particular athletes within the 2012 Summer Olympics can act as spaces of resistance to hegemonic norms. By analyzing the narratives surrounding Keelin Godsey and Caster Semenya during qualification, Oscar Pistorius during competition, and Nike's Jogger commercial directly after the games, this dissertation stretches a critical disability studies lens in order to draw theoretical and political implications.
dc.format.extent 133 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.title Olympic effort: rhetorics of disability, sport, and resistance in the 2012 London Olympic narratives
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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