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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Jan Branson and Don Miller provided key insights at an important time. The
interest, support and encouragement of the staff and students at the Centre for
Deaf Studies was and is very much appreciated and I must also thank my advisor
Lack of research has also made it hard to enact cultural norms and values within
various important domains such as Deaf education. Nevertheless, the important
task of understanding Deaf communities cannot be said even to have begun ...
It is important to realise, however, that many countries in the Southern
hemisphere and elsewhere do not yet provide anywhere near universal Deaf
education. Many which did make a beginning had Oralism foisted upon them as
part of their ...
Some readers will experience an emotional reaction at this statement – this
constitutes an important moment which you can use to begin to unpick your own
learned culture and its values. Indeed one can argue that discourse analysis and
Nevertheless, given the vital importance of the monastic network in preserving
literacy and culture throughout the centuries of the 'Dark Ages', it is possible that
they sustained interdenominational relationships with, and discourse about, 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