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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About the author (2002)

Branson is Director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language Research at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

Don Miller has taught in upper state South Carolina for over forty years. In addition to teaching science and social studies, Coach Miller also served as a coach and athletic director. His coaching duties have included baseball and football, and shorter stints as a soccer, track and girl's basketball coach. In addition to being named Teacher of the Year by his faculty twice, his soccer and baseball teams have won twenty three region championships, seven district championships, three upper state championships and one state championship. He was named state baseball coach of the year in 1996 and 1999. Now retired from full time teaching, Coach Miller still coaches middle school baseball and subs occasionally to get his "kid fix." He lives with his wife, former teacher and coach, Linda Gail Porter-Miller and their two Blue Heeler puppies, Tilly and Maddie, on their one hundred and twenty five year old farm in Tigerville, South Carolina. His greatest success, daughter Ashley, is a RN who works for the Greenville Hospital System. She and husband Justin have welcomed a new edition, the first grand daughter, Miller Kathryn Childress, who has just turned one.

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