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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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 ...
Is this not culturally-centred perspective a more healthy social philosophy than
the medical one which stresses the shamefulness of association with signing
communities? It is this very confusion of medical and cultural models which
'abnormality' and their desire to achieve 'normality', they then present their
medical model which claims that normality can only be achieved by denying the
realities of deafness and keeping their children away from Deaf communities lest
Each, therefore, constructs canons of 'truth' around whatever its participants
decide is 'admissable evidence', a process that in the case of certain prestigious
discourses, such as those found in universities, medical establishments and ...
Medical discourses. Although medical discourses apply themselves to all sectors
of a population, some of their domains are focused on biological characteristics
of the Others. They are identified here as a sub-category of specialist discourse ...
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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