ERIC Number: ED249696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-7
Reference Count: 0
Deafness: Explorations into a Community and Its Culture.
Hardaway, Barbara D.
The paper examines deaf people as a minority group from a community and cultural perspective. The nature and evaluation of the deaf community are considered, and four basic avenues to membership are noted: audiological, political, linguistic, and social. Distinctive features of the deaf culture are described, including its value system which emphasizes respect for American Sign Language, a general disassociation from speech, and the importance of touch and nonverbal behaviors. It is concluded that the deaf community has a proud cultural identity, with their own language, community, goals, values, and traditions. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Eastern Communication Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 8-11, 1984).