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Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867820

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.001.0001

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Disability, Global Popular Media, and Injustice in the Trial of Oscar Pistorius

Disability, Global Popular Media, and Injustice in the Trial of Oscar Pistorius

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(p.197) 8 Disability, Global Popular Media, and Injustice in the Trial of Oscar Pistorius
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Disability Media Studies
Author(s):

Katie Ellis

Gerard Goggin

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.003.0009

Drawing on disability studies, media studies, and the sociology of sport, Katie Ellis and Gerard Goggin argue that the case of runner Oscar Pistorius's killing of Reeva Steenkamp reveals the range, depth, and complexity of the cultural meanings of disability in contemporary society. Examining press accounts, legal arguments, and popular responses to the killing, they situate discourses of disability within multiple contexts, including the global sports industry and the dynamics of race and gender in a transforming South Africa. The "Pistorius affair," they suggest, makes visible the normally submerged roles that disability plays within popular culture, with implications for the ways that bodies, identities, and indeed life itself are understood.

Keywords:   South Africa, Oscar Pistorius, disability, killing, sports

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