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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Indeed one can argue that discourse analysis and cultural analysis are
inextricably linked; that the former is the key to the latter The discursive system's
control of both power and knowledge is especially threatening to minority groups
Taken collectively they represent what Lane terms a 'bio-power' discursive
system as it applies to Deaf and disabled people, an extension of Foucault's
concept of 'biopower' as representing the nexus of medical, legal and political
Any lay knowledge or experience was deemed inadmissable evidence as it were
; moreover by delegating responsibility to the professionals, they were deemed
as having given consent to the discursive system and thus surrendering any ...
A similar process is necessary where they have chosen to avoid the Others, or
been encouraged to do so, sometimes against their will or better judgement, by
the discursive systems. In reviewing the historical discourses relating to Deaf ...
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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