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Promoting the ideals of integration and diversity. Media coverage of Special Olympics Australia

Tanner, S. J., Haswell, S., Lake, M.,

Academic Literature

2003

Australia's media organisations have long had an obsession with the exploits of our sporting 'champions', both on and off the field. This coverage is often said to be a response to the demands of a sports-mad nation. In a society in which sport is often considered a symbol of unity and integration, this paper investigates whether the media (1) contributes to the spirit of diversity by covering sport involving people with intellectual disabilities, and (2) encourages greater awareness of disability issues by writing with authority and understanding. It further asks if the media instead promotes elitism by focusing on so-called 'real sports' that feature able-bodied elite athletes and exclude those categorised as 'non-sports' because they feature people with disabilities.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australian Journal of Communication

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Transport and communication

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