Paddy Ladd’s Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood

In light of the chaos that is enveloping Gallaudet at this time, and the arguments being raised about deaf culture, identity and the various factions of deafness in all it’s myriad forms, I thought it would be good to suggest a book that would help participants on all sides to formulate opinions based on facts, not emotions. That book is Paddy Ladd’s
Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood

Bibliographic data from the Library of congress:

Ladd, Paddy, 1952-
Main Title: Understanding deaf culture : in search of deafhood / Paddy Ladd.
Published/Created: Clevedon, England ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters, c2003.
Description: xxii, 502 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  1853595454 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 477-495) and index.
Subjects: Deaf.
  Deaf–Great Britain.
  Sociology of disability.

A review by Book News:

Ladd (deaf studies, U. of Bristol, UK) addresses the deaf community as well as the radical and progressive communities who have, he asserts, failed to recognize the marginalization of disabled people even as they champion the rights of other marginal populations. He describes the world of deaf people as an identifiable culture with a collective worldview and a distinctive language, and he explores the history of deaf communities, presenting it as a “counter-narrative” to the dominant discourse. He then describes the cultural strategies that deaf people have used to navigate their world. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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