Deaf Identities: Exploring New Frontiers

Autor/a: LEIGH, Irene W.; O'BRIEN, Catherine A.
Año: 2019
Editorial: Oxford University Press
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


Much has been written about deaf identities; however, no single book has focused specifically on how different academic disciplines conceptualize deaf identities in one fell swoop. This book does exactly that. It is a unique compilation of multidisciplinary perspectives on the lens of deaf identities written by scholars representing a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, counseling, education, literary criticism, practical religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology, social work, and Deaf Studies. Nowhere else can one find careful scrutiny of the meaning of deaf identities within, for example, the disciplines of philosophy and religion. Where else can one find a sense of identity in “passing” as a deaf person instead of “almost passing” as a hearing person? Where else can one examine mutating identities in progressing from Spiderman to the Incredible Hulk? The book focuses on how the contributors perceive what deaf identities represent, how these identities develop, and the societal influences that shape these identities. Intersectionality; examination of medical, educational, and family systems; linguistic deprivation; the role of oppressive influences; what the “deaf body” is about; strategies to facilitate positive deaf identity development; and how ethical values are interpreted are among the multiple topics examined in the search to better understand how deaf identities come into being. In presenting their deaf identity paradigms, contributors have endeavored to intertwine both scholarly and personal perspectives in their efforts to personalize academic content. The result is a book that reinforces the multiple ways in which deaf identities are manifested.