Introduction (pages 2-25)

Introduction (pages 2-25)

Chapter One (pages 27-73)

Chapter One (pages 27-73)

Chapter Two (pages 75-133)

Chapter Two (pages 75-133)

Chapter Three (pages 133-157)

Chapter Three (pages 133-157)

Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood (Introduction, pages 2-25)


Walking the Tight Trope

p. 1-2 Grushkin (6:12)

This also identifies the target audiences for this book – Deaf people, people working in Deaf related areas, parents of Deaf children and especially, radicals fighting for liberation of other groups.

Keywords: Deaf, Deaf culture, lay person, marginal people


Inside the Museums, Deafness Goes on Trial

p. 2-6 Holcomb (7:55)

This describes the metaphors of a museum and annex to describe the Deaf culture’s situation.

Keywords: allies, annex, arts, colonialism, Deafhood, deafness, dimensions, hearing devices, history, museum, sign language


Unpeeling the Mask of Benevolence

p. 7-9 Kerr (7:07)

A brief overview of Oralist dominance & its destructive results. Discusses the importance of culture in unifying for justice and some of the struggles for general public’s understanding of Deaf culture and Deafhood.

Keywords: colonialism, culture, Deaf culture, Deaf history, Deafhood, mask of benevolence, mental health, oralism, resistance, sign language, Victor Hugo


Signposts for the Journey

p. 9-12 Riker (7:40)

An overview of the contents of all 11 chapters in Paddy Ladd’s book “Understanding Deaf Culture: in search of Deafhood (2003).

Keywords: 1880 to present, 5000 BC to 1880, academics, access, allies, chapters, critical examination, culture, Deaf clubs, Deaf community, Deaf culture, Deaf history, Deaf politics, Deaf subaltern, Deafhood, hearing experts, Milan Conference, minority cultures, minority language, pubs, research, research bias, residential schools, resistance, subaltern, terminology, the future, United Kingdom


The Relevance of Deaf Culture for Diverse Audiences

p. 12-14 Daniels (3:03)

Describes the difference between the experts and lay people and the importance of working with lay people to make changes. Discusses the hearing lay people’s potential to be allies for Deaf people’s liberation.

Keywords: lay person, power shfits, so-called experts in deafness


The Other Central Concepts for the Deaf Cultural Projects – Part 1

p. 14-19 Part 1 Jordan (10:16)

Introduces the central concepts of Deafhood and culturo-linguistic model (as opposed to the disability model both medical and social).

Keywords: culturo-linguistic model, Deaf community, Deaf culture, Deafhood, deafness, dimensions, disability medical model, disability social model, hearing devices, hearing loss, linguistic minority, possibilities, sign language, subhuman


The Other Central Concepts for the Deaf Cultural Projects – Part 2

p. 14-19 Part 2 Jordan (7:36)

Introduces the central concepts of colonialism, minority cultures, Deaf epistemologies, subaltern and subaltern researcher.

Keywords: allies, anthropology, central concept, colonialism, cultural studies, cultural theories, culture, epistemology, medical dimension, minority cultures, post colonialism, post modernism, research bias, subaltern, subaltern researcher


Demystifying the Author – An Invitation to Participate

p. 20-21 Durr (4:52)

Discusses the importance of transparency in this kind of literature and research work, access and interaction with authors and other creators. Discusses also the role of a Deaf author and the impact of small town, socialist, anarchaist, hippie and Deaf cultural values on the author. Also, some recommendations for which chapters to start with for some preferences and expectations of readers.

Keywords: anarchy, author, collectivism, Deaf, Deaf culture, hippie, journey, small town values, socialism, transparency


The Importance of “Culture” in Achieving Recognition & Change

p. 21-25 Lentz (14:45)

Discusses what CULTURE is, difficulties and discomfort of studying one’s own culture. Also, discusses differences in characteristics of majority and minority cultures and the importance of cultural literacy.

Keywords: academics, activism, Coca-colonialism, colonialism, cultural literacy, cultural spaces, culture, economy, Geneva Convention, inequality, majority cultures, mask of benevolence, media, minority cultures, multiculturalism, politics, racism, September 11, war, Western cultures