Monday, August 29, 2011
Labeling and Deviance at the 2011 Track and Field World Championships: Oscar Pistorius
So I'm blogging over at SociologyInFocus.com now as well. Track & Field afficionados are well aware of South African 400m sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who made it to the semi-finals in this week's World Championships. While he had an outside shot, he failed to make the finals.
At SIF I argue that as Pistorius has become faster, his ascribed statuses have shifted, and are now labeled deviant by some due to his "blade runner" prosthetic legs.
Check it out here: "(Dis)Advantaged? The Changing Statuses of Oscar Pistorius"
Watch the video below for Pistorius's qualifying sprint at 45.07 seconds:
And the quarter-finals of this year's champ's, clocking 45.39:
Photo via The Guardian.