Peasants, Warriors, and the Streams: Language Games and Etiologies of Deafness in Adamorobe, Ghana

Autor/a: KUSTERS, Annelies
Año: 2015
Editorial: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 29, nº 3 (2015) pp. 1548-1387
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


A relatively high number of deaf people is indigenous to Adamorobe in Ghana. I collected a wide array of explanations for its high prevalence of deafness. Inspired by Wittgenstein, I frame these explanations as being produced during language games, and bearing family resemblances. Different explanations of deafness appear in different language games with different purposes. In some of these language games, it is the primary aim to explain deafness, and in other language games, explanations of deafness appear either as element or as strategy. There are family resemblances among the content of the stories and between aspects and qualities that appear in a constellation of relevance. The study of etiology in this case gives insight in social and moral relationships of deaf and hearing people with their physical environment, relatives, ancestors, neighbours and in interactions with the researchers that recorded the stories.