"I try and be as athletic like, forget the other side of me": constructions of elite female wheelchair athletes' identities
2004 (English)In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182, no 2-3, 22-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper focuses upon the meaning of being a female wheelchair racer at elite level. The paper is based on one-to-one semi-structured interviews with five female wheelchair racers, who all competed in the Paralympic Games 2000. This paper highlights the complexity and in some respects contradictive aspects of the ways in which elite female wheelchair athletes construct their identities. In this study the Paralympic Games are applied as a backdrop through which the athletes and their experiences are contemplated. Overall the research suggests that the interviewees cannot be contemplated as passive objects unable to affect their own lives. Rather they seem to be well aware of the logic of the discursive game and thereby manifest their independency through action and resistance. Thus they counteract people’s misperceptions by asserting their abilities as wheelchair racers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. no 2-3, 22-33 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3025DiVA: diva2:141455