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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... saw a poster advertising the existence of something called the Centre for
Contemporary Cultural Studies. The work of one of their major figures, Stuart Hall
, has inspired much of what I have thought and written ever since. On a personal
Hitherto, the medical term 'deafness' was used to subsume that experience within
the larger category of 'hearing-impaired', the vast majority of whom were elderly '
hard of hearing' people, so that the true nature of Deaf collective existence was ...
The paintings spoke of communities all across the world who were experiencing
joy in their collective existence, a defiant pride in their sign languages and deep
pleasure at the sight of new generations of small children taking the first steps to
'How dare you wish more Deaf children into the world?', they cry. To which the
response is 'If by “deaf” you mean people who were born hearing but whose daily
reality is now one of forever being condemned to live on the margins of existence
Gannon (1981: xxv) notes the existence of a Deaf poet, Joachin Dubellay (1522–
60), including his intriguing Hymn to Deafness. Deusing, who described sign
language in some depth in a book published in 1656, describes a Deaf man ...
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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