We Should Also Have a Chance to Be Included : Disability, Gender and Physical Education

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Title We Should Also Have a Chance to Be Included : Disability, Gender and Physical Education
Author(s) Elisabet, Apelmo
Date 2015
English abstract
The aim of this article was to explore how young, sporting women with physical impairments experience physical education (PE), drawing on research on PE as well as on disability studies. Phenomenology provides a theoretical framework that includes the body. Semi-structural interviews were conducted and video diaries were kept of the women, aged 15 to 28, and living in Sweden. The stigmatization the young women experienced in their everyday life resulted in a polarization between the weak, which was expressed through the expression of belonging as ‘we’, and the strong individual. The subject position as positive and capable – as a reaction towards the weak, the negative – was one of the few positions that were available to them. With the positive and strong attitude, the consequence was the difficulty, not only to complain but also to express pain or discomfort in one’s everyday life. However, as regards the issue of PE, the participants discussed problems dealing with experiences of exclusion and special treatment. It appeared to be difficult for teachers to see these women as the sports interested youths that they were. The young women used different strategies of resistance. While a pair of them did not participate in some of the aspects, another woman had chosen not to participate in PE at all. One participant made use of a strategy which has the potential for changing the view as regards disabled pupils: she showed her teacher medals she had won in the Swedish national swimming championship, as a way to receive a higher grade. When the women finally described the stigmatization that they had been subjected to, they avoided positioning themselves as victims, by minimizing the seriousness of the situation or by using in the interview the word ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, thus describing the incident in collective terms.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) disability
physical education
de Beauvoir
idrott och hälsa
disability sports
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20516 (link to this page)
Link http://www.cvent.com/events/nndr-13th-research-conference/event-summary-874cd3c94ce04d119a5ad0dcf9122124.aspx (external link to related web page)

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