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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Similarly, education has been placed at the head of almost every Deaf agenda
for as long as there have been Deaf ... the general conceptual field, and the
statistics quoted earlier give us a similarly approximate image of the numbers of
people; almost the only section by Deaf people was the club news, which was
particularly popular because of the community's nationwide interconnectivity –
significant numbers of Deaf people had an active interest in the doings of their ...
Thus, since unemployment rates for Deaf and hearing are similar, the major
characteristic of Deaf working lives is ... Deaf higher education Outside the USA,
the number of Deaf people attending universities during the 20th century was
close to ...
As we have seen, one major Deaf discourse insists on the commonality between
all Deaf people, no matter where they live. In reality there also exists another
discourse, one in which Deaf people are also influenced by the majority culture
From the 1950s onwards, Deaf offspring of Commonwealth migrants began to
appear, and at the present time there are substantial numbers of Deaf Black and
Asian people, mostly young, with the oldest being in their forties. Their
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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