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ERIC Number: EJ811352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Deaf Women: Educational Experiences and Self-Identity
Najarian, Cheryl G.
Disability & Society, v23 n2 p117-128 Mar 2008
Using life history interviews with 10 college educated Deaf women this paper investigates connections between early education and college experience and how they identified as Deaf. The women developed strategies as they managed their impressions while employing Goffman's practices of loyalty, discipline and circumspection. Acknowledging deafness and their own decisions about education affected their identities. The women experienced a cultural shift after attending a college for the deaf or after their exposure to the Deaf community and learning American Sign Language. The women developed strategies of becoming "lifetime educators" and "self-advocates". Their experiences show the role of language in the identity making process and how the women navigated this in their schools. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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