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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... Al Barwiolek and Chuck McKinney. One of the downsides of being a member
of an international intergenerational community, in knowing so many people, is
that one has to experience a disproportionate amount of pain when members
to experience a disproportionate amount of pain when members pass on, not
least when some do so from pressures and circumstances in which, had they
been hearing people, they might probably still be alive. Some of you know to
whom I ...
It is mainly used to describe those who lost some or all of their hearing in early or
late life, and who do not usually wish to have contact with signing Deaf
communities, preferring to try and retain their membership of the majority society
in which ...
It is the rejection of any validity being granted to these attempts that has led many
minority members to see post-modernism itself as simply another tool of Western
thought-control. The subaltern and the subaltern researcher The seventh ...
Baker and Padden (1978: 4) offer the most succinct definition (we should note
that their work pre-dates the acceptance of the 'big D' appellation): The most
basic factor determining who is a member of the deaf community seems to be
what is ...
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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