Yes, But

Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard and Ulf Hedberg

in The People of the Eye

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199759293
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863372 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Yes, But

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Chapters 1 and 2 led to the conclusion that the Deaf-World is an ethnic group. This chapter examines the major challenges to the concept of Deaf ethnicity. The issues are: resistance to assimilation; socialization outside the family; Deaf disability; timing of acculturation; non-hereditary deafness; ethnic autonomy; generational transmission; common descent; role of CODAs; American pluralism; and Deaf people's vision of integration. The Deaf dilemma is this: To exercise some important rights as members of society at the expense of being mischaracterized by that society and government as a disability group, or to refuse some of those rights in the hope of gradually undermining that misconstruction and gaining rights that are truly appropriate and broader for Deaf ethnicity.

Keywords: Assimilation; socialization; disability; generational transmission; common descent; pluralism; Coda

Chapter.  15401 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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