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Rugby, nationalism, and deaf athlete counterhegemony: insights from the case of Fiji

Kanemasu, Yoko (2020) Rugby, nationalism, and deaf athlete counterhegemony: insights from the case of Fiji. Sociology of Sport Journal, NA . NA. ISSN 0741-1235

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This article explores the nexus between power, sport, and disability with a focus on Deaf rugby in Fiji. Based on semistructured interviews with players, officials, and stakeholders, this article outlines their pursuit of rugby and participation in a recent international tournament under Fiji’s specific postcolonial social conditions. It examines what this experience means to the players and officials, and the sociopolitical significance it holds in the multiple relations of power that the game is embedded in. This article shows Deaf rugby as a significant counterhegemonic force that reconfigures Fiji's rugby discourse by appropriating its key constitutive element: anti-imperialist modern nationalism. This article further explores Deaf rugby’s implication in prevailing gender/ethnoracial/corporeal politics with a view to offering nuanced insights into the question of resistance in/through disability sport in a Global South context.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yoko Kanemasu
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 22:22
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 22:22

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