Audism in Denmark: Migration of Danish Deaf families to Sweden

Autor/a: MAIRE, Amandine le
Año: 2015
Editorial: VII Deaf Academics Researchers Conference, 2015
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Vídeo digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


This research study aims to understand the particular effect of audism in the Danish Deaf community and especially in the case of Deaf families moving from Copenhagen to Malmö. The reason of their moving was based on the educational opportunities for their Deaf children. The situation in Denmark is alarming regarding the educational opportunities for Deaf children who are sign language users. During my fieldwork, I used the method of participant observation, participating into the life of these families, and I conducted non-directive interviews.

I found out that there were several similarities between the families who moved to Malmö, which are based on the current form of oppression they are facing. In my presentation I will point out three different forms of oppression and their characteristics and analyse them with a reference to the theory of audism. My conclusion is that the sociocultural reasons behind the recent emigration of the Danish Deaf families to Malmö could be explained by those three forms of oppression that are exerted by educational, medical and governmental institutions.