Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook
To many who hear, the deaf world is as foreign as a country never visited.
Deaf World thus concerns itself less with the perspectives of the hearing and more with what Deaf people themselves think and do. Editor Lois Bragg asserts that English is for many signing people a second, infrequently used language and that Deaf culture is the socially transmitted pattern of behavior, values, beliefs, and expression of those who use American Sign Language. She has assembled an astonishing array of historical sources, political writings, and personal memoirs, from classic 19th-century manifestos to contemporary policy papers, on everything from eugenics to speech and lipreading, the right to work and marry, and the never-ending controversy over separation vs. social integration. At the heart of many of the selections lies the belief that Deaf Americans have long constituted an internal colony of sorts in the United States.
While not attempting to speak for Deaf people en masse, this ambitious platform anthology places the Deaf on center stage, offering them an opportunity to represent the world--theirs as well as the hearing world--from a Deaf perspective. For Deaf readers, the book will be welcomed as a gift, both a companion to be savored and, as often, an opponent to be engaged and debated. And for the hearing, it serves as an unprecedented guide to a world and a culture so often overlooked.
Comprising a judicious mix of published pieces and original essays solicited specifically for this volume, Deaf World marks a major contribution.
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‘Self-determination must include self-definition, the ability and right to name oneself; the master/subject relationship is based partly on the master’s power to name and define the subject…. While names, words and language can be and are used to inspire us, to motivate us to humane acts, to liberate us, they can also be used to dehumanize human beings and to “justify” their suppression and even their extermination. “
Autobiography of Laurent Clerc
Coming to California
What a Deaf Jewish Leader Expects of a Rabbi
CBS Hurt Deaf Children with Caitlins Story
My Life on Paper
Deaf Parents and Their Adopted
Finding Men for Jobs
The Development of Postwar Employment
A Review of the Little Paper Family for 194445
Place of the Adult Deaf in Society
Thoughts on the Effects of Provisions for the Deaf
Whatever Happened to the Sign for
Folk Explanation in Language Survival
Lets Return ASL to Deaf Ownership
Hispanic American Deaf Culture Which
The Attitude of the Adult Deaf towards Pure Oralism
The Fable of the Ass Who Was Taught to Whinny
Black Deaf Students
The Real Meaning of Hearing Impaired
A Case Study in ASLEnglish
Racism within the Deaf Community
Reflections on The Deaf Way
Cochlear Implants vs Deaf Culture?
The Deaf President Now Protest
Of DeafMutes the Strange and the Modern Deaf Self
Eradicating the DEAFWORLD
Establishing Our Niche
Cochlear Implants and Deaf Identity