Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook

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NYU Press, Feb 1, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 430 pages
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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. “ 

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Contents

Autobiography of Laurent Clerc
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Coming to California
27
What a Deaf Jewish Leader Expects of a Rabbi
33
CBS Hurt Deaf Children with Caitlins Story
40
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43
My Life on Paper
48
Deaf Parents and Their Adopted
68
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236
Finding Men for Jobs
243
The Development of Postwar Employment
251
A Review of the Little Paper Family for 194445
257
Place of the Adult Deaf in Society
269
Thoughts on the Effects of Provisions for the Deaf
275
Agatha Tiegels
284
Play Ball
296

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Whatever Happened to the Sign for
97
Folk Explanation in Language Survival
104
Lets Return ASL to Deaf Ownership
116
Hispanic American Deaf Culture Which
124
Insights
147
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164
The Attitude of the Adult Deaf towards Pure Oralism
175
The Fable of the Ass Who Was Taught to Whinny
184
Black Deaf Students
193
The Real Meaning of Hearing Impaired
203
A Case Study in ASLEnglish
211
Racism within the Deaf Community
305
Reflections on The Deaf Way
316
Cochlear Implants vs Deaf Culture?
325
The Deaf President Now Protest
333
Of DeafMutes the Strange and the Modern Deaf Self
348
Eradicating the DEAFWORLD
365
Establishing Our Niche
380
Overdue
390
Cochlear Implants and Deaf Identity
406
Signing Off
413
Permissions
423
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Lois Bragg is Professor of English at Gallaudet University.

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