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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I trust that when their Deaf sisters and brothers, both across the 'third world' and
here at home, receive the treatment and support they deserve, they will feel
pleasure at knowing their work and example was still effective so many decades
... for example, 'Hearing world' or 'Hearing ways', akin to the capitalisation of '
White' or 'Male' by Black and feminist theoreticians. Oralism can be defined as the
educational system imposed on Deaf communities worldwide during the last 120
Practices. Attempting an overview of worldwide Deaf communities, especially in
an introduction of this nature, means that much detail, difference and subtlety has
to be omitted. To give but one dramatic example – the World Federation of the ...
The other consists of a 'Grand Narrative', where Deaf communities are
constructed solely as the individual end product of a lineage of distinguished
hearing educators, for example Farrah (1923). Although late 19th century 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