Stories in the Building of Deaf Identity: The Potential of Life Storytelling to Enhance Deaf Flourishing and Well-Being

Autor/a: DE CLERCK, Godele A. M.
Año: 2019
Editorial: Oxford
Tipo de código: ISBN
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


To encourage resilience and well-being, this chapter by a deaf anthropologist, social scientist and psychotherapist describes storytelling as a strategy that is critical for the formation of personal and collective deaf identities. She introduces the “anthropology of deaf flourishing” to illustrate how deaf identity can be understood as a complex process of learning through interacting with changing cultural contexts and multiple communities in which deaf people participate and narrate their life experiences. The signed storytelling is framed as a cultural resource and tool for transformation that enables deaf storytellers to generate agency, position themselves contextually, and creatively alter their stories to increase their potential. Findings from a study in the United Kingdom support the power of storytelling as a deaf cultural resource that allows deaf refugees to internalize the potential for resilience and well-being.

En I. Leigh y C. O’Brien, Deaf Identities: Exploring New Frontiers.