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David Perfect and Simon Perfect

Law and religion cases are often in the headlines but law and religion scholars rarely pay attention to the role of the media. This chapter, furthering the sociological literature on how the media represents religion, seeks to remedy this by taking an innovative, dual approach to employment legal cases to do with religion or belief. First, a ‘law-centred’ approach focuses on the impact of the legal cases on the law itself. Second, an alternative, ‘public discourse’ approach analyses how far particular cases have penetrated media consciousness, through quantitative analysis, to examine how the law is viewed by the wider public.

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Simon Gérard, David Legg and Thierry Zintz

The Paralympic Movement has undergone rapid growth in thelast few decades, yet its governance system remains largely unknown and under-researched.Based on institutional theory and content analysis of archival records, this chapter develops a processual analysis of the governance system of the Paralympic Movement since the creation of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the late 1980s. The analysis revealed two main stages during which the governance system of the IPC, and the underlying institutional dynamics, experienced significant transformations: 1) from a disability-based movement to a sport-based movement (1989–2001); and 2) autonomy and self-sustainability of the Paralympic sports (2001–2017). Following this analysis, key governance issues the IPC is currently facing are discussed. Future research directions are also proposed for study pertaining to power, organizations and institutional change.