Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood
This book presents a ‘Traveller’s Guide’ to Deaf Culture, starting from the premise that Deaf cultures have an important contribution to make to other academic disciplines, and human lives in general. Within and outside Deaf communities, there is a need for an account of the new concept of Deaf culture, which enables readers to assess its place alongside work on other minority cultures and multilingual discourses. The book aims to assess the concepts of culture, on their own terms and in their many guises and to apply these to Deaf communities. The author illustrates the pitfalls which have been created for those communities by the medical concept of ‘deafness’ and contrasts this with his new concept of “Deafhood”, a process by which every Deaf child, family and adult implicitly explains their existence in the world to themselves and each other.
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It is mainly used to describe those who lost some or all of their hearing in early or
late life, and who do not usually wish to have contact with signing Deaf
communities, preferring to try and retain their membership of the majority society
in which ...
Three are geographically based, but two, 'the quality of holding something in
common, as in community of interests', and 'a particular quality of relationship (as
in communitas)' are of particular use for identifying the Deaf community, and
Similarly, education has been placed at the head of almost every Deaf agenda
for as long as there have been Deaf organisations. ... As for the modern Deaf
community – this is something which will be explored in depth in later volumes.
Political oppression – Deaf communities as colonies As we know, one of the
primary aims of this book is to enable those involved in multilingual issues to not
only recognise the Deaf community situation but to accept that a place should be
This is quite deliberate, since the concern of Deaf communities, like other
minority communities, is to clearly establish their traditions in the face of the
overwhelming assimilatory, even ethnocidal energies which they have been
forced to ...
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He has explained about the journey of being Deaf and understanding what Deaf culture is all about. It's a great book. Wordy or not, he's from England which is why he helped us to be aware about Deafhood.
Twentieth Century Discourses
Culture Definitions and Theories
Discourses and Definitions
Researching Deaf Communities Subaltern Researcher
Deaf Clubs and Deaf Subalterns
Subaltern Rebels and Deafhood National Dimensions
Conclusions and Implications