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Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability and Basketball

Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability and Basketball

by Melvin Juette

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"Juette’s story follows his evolution from boy to man, from gang member to wheelchair athlete, and it’s a story of determination and inspiration that will touch everyone who reads it."—Booklist

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A former gang member who is now wheelchair-bound after being shot and paralyzed in a gang dispute, Juette, here joined by Berger (sociology, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater), offers an informative ethnography on both gang life and wheelchair basketball. In the introduction, Berger describes how the handicapped have historically been victims of prejudice and discrimination and sometimes even relegated to "freak shows"; this perception changed only with the rise of the "medical model" of disability. Now, those wheelchair bound can still pursue and enjoy sporting activities, including wheelchair basketball. Juette describes how he was "recruited" into gang life on Chicago's Southside. His accounts of gang life alone would recommend his book as a worthy assigned text by those who teach courses on the sociology of deviance and gangs. Those who teach sport sociology courses would also find merit in the firsthand accounts of participation in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), which was founded in 1949. In short, this book has something to offer to both academics and lay readers. Recommended for academic and all public libraries.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at Oswego

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Temple University Press
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New Edition
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5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Melvin Juette is Community Service Coordinator of the Deferred Prosecution Unit of the Dane County District Attorney's Office in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

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