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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In the light of what has been said earlier, the reader will not be surprised to find
that the Deaf community lays these shocking statistics at the door of Oralism. The
second surprise I am sure many of you will be experiencing even as you read.
This is why the initial responsibility of this volume must be to disrupt the
discourses which shape the lay reader's perceptions of Deaf communities. Once
that has been accomplished, new Deaf-centred 'spaces' can then be created
within a ...
reader to explore. Thus I welcome the general lay reader to this resource.
However, this counter-narrative has especial significance for other lay readers,
those engaged in multilingual and multicultural studies, in Black Studies,
I must re-emphasise that, notwithstanding the academic nature of some of the
language used here, the overriding ethos is one of exploration – a journey, an
odyssey for all types of readers. In making myself as transparent as possible, and
... communities are the ones to be marked – thus 'the Sri Lankan Deaf community'
etc. Although Deaf people can slip easily back and forth between these two
readings, it may take the lay reader a little while to adjust to this global
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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