The Deaf Community as a “Special Linguistic Demographic”: Diversity Rather Than Disability as a Framework for Conducting Research with Individuals Who Are Deaf

Autor/a: ALLEN, Thomas E.
Año: 2015
Editorial: Wiley Blackwell
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 9781118346013
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


This chapter point outs the fact that the much of the published research on individuals who are deaf derives from population models that embrace medical, rehabilitation, and normative educational descriptions of the population subgroups of interest. It examines that an alternative strategy for enumeration, one based on linguistic diversity, will lead to a valuable (and very different) knowledge base, which may contribute to the improvement of society and of the lives of deaf individuals. The chapter discusses the predominant medical frameworks that have determined the course of demographic studies to date, and describes their shortcomings and limitations. It summarizes some of the issues that are pervasive in existing demographic analyses of this population, and makes some specific suggestions about how questions might be posed to participants. Demographic studies of deaf individuals have often failed to separate the very different constructs of language and modality.

En E. Orfanidou, B. Woll y G. Morgan (Eds.), Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: A Practical Guide.