Understanding deaf culture: in search of deafhood

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Multilingual Matters, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 502 pages
This book presents a Travellers 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Deaf Communities
26
Deafness and Deaf hood in Western Civilisation Towards
75
Twentieth Century Discourses
135
Culture Definitions and Theories
196
Discourses and Definitions
232
Researching Deaf Communities Subaltern Researcher
267
Residential Schools
297
Deaf Clubs and Deaf Subalterns
332
Subaltern Rebels and Deaf hood National Dimensions
369
Conclusions and Implications
401
Afterword
434
Further Reading
463
Bibliography
477
Index
496
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