How is Deaf culture? Another perspective on a fundamental concept

Autor/a: TURNER, Graham H.
Año: 1994
Editorial: Sign Language Studies, Vol. 83, nº 1 (1994) pp. 103–26
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Papel


Comunidad y cultura sorda


Critiques the paper by C. Padden (1989) on the nature of community and culture among deaf people. Padden defines community as a group of people who live in the same location, share common goals, and work toward achieving them. Culture is defined as a set of learned behaviors of a group of people who share a language, values, and rules for behavior. The author disagrees with Padden's lack of distinction between the notions of culture and community, and the circularity of her primary definitions. He questions whether deaf culture is as distinctive as has been claimed, and argues that deaf people should adopt and adjust to a more insightful conception of culture, based on the analysis of culture-as-verb.