From the cultural to the bicultural: The modern Deaf community

Autor/a: PADDEN, Carol
Año: 1996
Editorial: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda, Historia, Arte y Cultura


Almost as stunning as the changes in the deaf community in the last thirty years have been changes in the last five years. Thirty years ago, Deaf people generically referred to their language as "the sign language"; it is now renamed "American Sign Language", standing in contrast to the also renamed British Sign language, French Quebec Sign Language, Thai Sign Language, and the myriad national sign languages of the world. The activities of their everyday life were called "the deaf way" or "the deaf world"; they are now called "Deaf culture". The last five years have seen even newer vocabulary take hold, from calls for rights of Deaf people as a "linguistic minority" to schools that can educate the "bicultural" Deaf person. Without doubt, the new vocabulary perplexes and distresses the larger public. Intense debates have erupted between the fields of medicine and education and the "cultural activists" of the deaf community.

In I. Parasnis (Ed.), Cultural and Language Diversity: Reflections on the Deaf Experience (1996) pp. 79-98.