Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 306 pages
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This edited volume provides a comprehensive analysis of deaf people as a culturally and linguistically distinct minority group within American society. Many educators, linguists, and researchers now favor this position, as opposed to that which states that a deaf person simply has an audiological disability. Contributors to this book include members of the deaf community, as well as prominent deaf and hearing educators and researchers. The text contains three sections, covering research on bilingualism and biculturalism, the impact of cultural and language diversity on the deaf experience, and first-hand accounts from deaf community members that highlight the emotional impact of living in the deaf and hearing worlds.
 

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Contents

On Interpreting the Deaf Experience within the Context of Cultural and Language Diversity
3
Living with Two Languages and Two Cultures
20
Perspectives from the History and the Politics of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the United States
38
Cognitive and Language Development of Bilingual Children
51
PSYCHOSOCIAL COGNITIVE AND LANGUAGE EXPERIENCES OF DEAF PEOPLE
77
From the Cultural to the Bicultural The Modern Deaf Community
79
Early Bilingual Lives of Deaf Children
99
Communication Experiences of Deaf People An Ethnographic Account
117
Social Assimilation of Deaf High School Students The Role Environment
181
THE DEAF EXPERIENCE PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
199
Growing up Deaf in Deaf Families Two Different Experiences
201
Another New Birth Reflections of a Deaf Native Signer
225
Raising Deaf Children in Hearing Society Struggles and Challenges for Deaf Native ASL Signers
232
In Search of Self Experiences of a Postlingually Deaf AfricanAmerican
246
Living in a Bilingual Bicultural Family
258
On Being Both Hearing and Deaf My Bilingual Bicultural Experience
272

Marginality Biculturalism and Social Identity of Deaf People
136
Attitudes of the Deaf Community Toward Political Activism
146
Cultural and Language Diversity in the Curriculum Toward Reflective Practice
160
Minority Empowerment and the Education of Deaf People
171
Name Index
289
Subject Index
295
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