Deaf Gain: raising the Stakes for Human Diversity

Autor/a: BAUMAN, H-Dirksen L.; MURRAY, Joseph (eds.)
Año: 2014
Editorial: Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2014
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 978-0-8166-9122-7
Soporte: Papel


Comunidad y cultura sorda, Historia, Arte y Cultura


Through their in-depth articulation of Deaf Gain, the contributors to this pathbreaking volume approach deafness as a distinct way of being, one that opens perceptions, perspectives, and insights less common to the majority of hearing persons. By framing deafness in terms of its intellectual, creative, and cultural benefits, Deaf Gain recognizes physical and cognitive difference as vital to human diversity.

Deaf people are usually regarded by the hearing world as having a lack, as missing a sense. Yet a definition of deaf people based on hearing loss obscures a wealth of ways societies have benefited from the significant contributions of deaf people. In this bold intervention into ongoing debates about disability and what it means to be human, experts from neuroscience, linguistics, bioethics, history, cultural studies, education, public policy, art, and architecture advance the concept of Deaf Gain and challenge assumptions about what is normal.