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Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience

Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience

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  • Editor: Ila Parasnis, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
Ila Parasnis, Francois Grosjean, Kenji Hakuta, Elizabeth Feldman Mostafapour, Josiane F. Hamers, Carol A. Padden, Susan Foster, R. Greg Emerton, Gerry C. Bateman, Bonnie Meath-Lang, Joan B. Stone, Thomas K. Holcomb, Patrick Graybill, Susan C. Searls, David Johnston, Gary E. Mowl, Dianne K. Brooks, Lynn Finton, Patricia Mudgett-DeCaro
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  • Date Published: August 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645652

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  • This edited volume provides a comprehensive analysis of deaf people as a culturally and linguistically distinct minority group within American society. Many educators, linguists, and researchers now favor this position, as opposed to that which states that a deaf person simply has an audiological disability. Contributors to this book include members of the deaf community, as well as prominent deaf and hearing educators and researchers. The text contains three sections, covering research on bilingualism and biculturalism, the impact of cultural and language diversity on the deaf experience, and first-hand accounts from deaf community members that highlight the emotional impact of living in the deaf and hearing worlds.

    • Unusual combination of theory on bilingualism with experiential chapters by deaf people
    • Brings together well-known researchers (cf Carol Padden, Hamers, and Kenji Hakuta) in an objective overview about deaf culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Parasnis' 'Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience' will be a valuable addition to the library of professionals who provide services to Deaf people. It will also be of considerable interest to researchers, instructors, and professionals in minority education and bilingualism. All will be informed by the varied perspectives of the impact of language and culture on the experience of membership in a minority group." Contemporary Psychology

    "Nonspecialists will find that this book provides an intriguing and provocative introduction to Deaf culture, and specialists in deafness-related professions will appreciate this volume for its broad coverage of socioculture issues that impact the lives of Deaf children and adults." Janet R. Jamieson, Contemporary Psychology

    "The book, Culture, Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience, is an elegant and comprehensive exposition of one side of this long-standing debate in deaf education -- the side which portrays deaf people as comprising a bilingual and bicultural minority group whose native language is a signed rather than a spoken language (ASL/LSQ). In three well-organized sections, the editor...assembles readable articles...drawing from a wide variety of experts with both academic and personal experience in the field of deafness. The articles are the ultimate product of colloquia on the same topic that were held earlier at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf." McGill Journal of Education

    "...the section with personal essays makes the book especially attractive for a wider audience. This innovative and interdisciplinary volume is highly recommended for all interested in linguistic and cultural diversity: linguists, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, sign language interpreters, researchers and educators involved in the education of the Deaf, and last, but not least, all those who deal with the experience of living in the Deaf and Hearing worlds on a daily basis." SocioLinguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645652
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Cultural and Language Diversity: An Overview:
    1. On interpreting the deaf experience within the context of cultural and language diverstiy Ila Parasnis
    2. Living with two languages and two cultures Francois Grosjean
    3. Perspectives from the history and the politics of bilingualism and bilingual education in the United States Kenji Hakuta and Elizabeth Feldman Mostafapour
    4. Cognitive and language development of bilingual children Josiane F. Hamers
    Part II. Cultural and Language Diversity: Impact on the Deaf Experience:
    5. From the cultural to the bicultural: the modern deaf community Carol A. Padden
    6. Early bilingual lives of deaf children Carol A. Padden
    7. Communication experiences of deaf people: an ethnographic account Susan Foster
    8. Marginality, biculturalism and social identity of deaf people R. Greg Emerton
    9. Attitudes of the deaf community toward political activism Gerry C. Bateman
    10. Cultural and language diversity in the curriculum: toward reflective practice Bonnie Meath-Lang
    11. Minority empowerment and the education of deaf people Joan B. Stone
    12. Social assimilation of deaf High School students: the role of school environment Thomas K. Holcomb
    Part III. Cultural and Language Diversity: Reflections on the Deaf Experience:
    13. Growing up deaf in deaf families: two different experiences Susan C. Searls and David Johnston
    14. Another new birth: reflections of a deaf native singer Patrick Graybill
    15. Raising deaf children in a hearing society: struggles and challenges for deaf signers Gary E. Mowl
    16. In search of self: experiences of a post-lingually deaf African-American Dianne K. Brooks
    17. Living in a bilingual-bicultural family Lynn Finton
    18. On being both hearing and deaf: my bilingual-bicultural Patricia Mudgett-DeCaro.

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    Ila Parasnis, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York


    Ila Parasnis, Francois Grosjean, Kenji Hakuta, Elizabeth Feldman Mostafapour, Josiane F. Hamers, Carol A. Padden, Susan Foster, R. Greg Emerton, Gerry C. Bateman, Bonnie Meath-Lang, Joan B. Stone, Thomas K. Holcomb, Patrick Graybill, Susan C. Searls, David Johnston, Gary E. Mowl, Dianne K. Brooks, Lynn Finton, Patricia Mudgett-DeCaro

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