International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 251-261

First online:

Between Disability and Terror: Handicapped Parking Space and Homeland Security at Fenway Park

  • Sarah K. MarusekAffiliated withMount Holyoke CollegePolitical Science Department, University of Massachusetts Email author 

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In the United States, handicapped parking spaces tether the social construction of need to the legal assurance of equality of accessibility. However in places such as Fenway Park in Boston, the threat of terror distorts the intention of these spaces by politically reconfiguring their presence and meaning. As a result, our public interest is legally manipulated and socially challenged to preference the abstraction of threat over real life in even the most ordinary of places.