Hoop Dreams on Wheels: Disability and the Competitive Wheelchair Athlete

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Hoop Dreams on Wheelsis a life-history study of wheelchair athletes associated with a premier collegiate wheelchair basketball program. The book, which grapples with the intersection of biography and history in society, situates the study in broader context with background on the history and sociology of disability and disability sports. It documents the development and evolution of the basketball program and tells the individual life stories of the athletes, highlighting the formative interpersonal and institutional experiences that influenced their agentive actions and that helped them achieve success in wheelchair sports. It also examines divisions within the disability community that reveal both empowering and disempowering aspects of competitive wheelchair athletics, and it explores some of the complexities and dilemmas of disability identity in contemporary society. The book is intended to be read by a general audience as well as by students in college courses on disability, sports, social problems, deviance, medical sociology and anthropology, and introductory sociology. It also will be of interest to scholars in the sociology of disability, sociology of sports, and medical humanities, as well as life-history researchers and professionals in the fields of physical education, therapeutic recreation, and rehabilitative counseling.

Author Biography

Ronald J. Berger is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Disability, Sports, and Societyp. 1
Disability in Societyp. 3
Disability, Sports, and Basketballp. 19
A Case Study of Competitive Wheelchair Athleticsp. 29
Life Histories of Wheelchair-Basketball Playersp. 41
The First Generationp. 43
The Second Generationp. 63
The Third Generationp. 83
The Fourth Generationp. 97
Sociological Themes: The Collective Narrativep. 119
Living With Disabilities: Pathways to Wheelchair Sportsp. 121
Competitive Sports and the Dilemmas of Disability Identityp. 131
Notesp. 147
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 159
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