Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural Construction of Deaf People as "disabled" : a Sociological History

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Gallaudet University Press, 2002 - Education - 300 pages
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Damned for Their Difference offers a well-founded explanation of how Deaf people became classified disparagingly worldwide as "disabled," through a discursive exploration of the cultural, social, and historical contexts of these attitudes and behavior toward deaf people, especially in Great Britain. Authors Jan Branson and Don Miller examine the orientation toward and treatment of deaf people as it developed from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century. Their wide-ranging study explores the varied constructions of the definition of "disabled," a term whose meaning hinges upon constant negotiation between parties, ensuring that no finite meaning is ever established. Damned for Their Difference provides a sociological understanding of disabling practices in a way that has never been seen before.
  

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Contents

The Classification
36
PART
57
The New Philosophy Sign Language and the Search
66
The Formalization of Deaf Education and
91
The Great Confinement of Deaf People
121
Cages of ReasonBureaucratization and the Education
178
The Denial of Deafness in the LateTwentieth
203
Appendix
255
Index
289
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Branson is Director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language Research at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

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