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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Broadly speaking, the patterns found in the UK also apply throughout Western
Europe and possibly to Japan. I will highlight differences where they appear
significant. In approaching the narrative, the reader should attempt to don an
However, there are significant exceptions. Lane (1984) mentions that in the 12th
century, Deaf people were permitted to marry by Papal decree provided that their
signing proved that they understood the concepts involved. This suggests that ...
What is the significance of this phenomenon with regard to lay people's attitudes
to Deaf people? First, it indicates a reality other than the classic Western model of
Deaf educational discourse – Deaf people are not a race to be pitied, shunned ...
Also during this period, scores of schools for Deaf children were founded across
Europe and North America (Lane, 1984), many by Deaf people themselves, who
then became teachers and headmasters in significant numbers. In this explosion
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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