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A Lens on Deaf Identities
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A Lens on Deaf Identities

Irene W. Leigh

Abstract

Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals develop their identities within environments that convey and reinforce preconceived assumptions of what it means to hear or see the world differently. These assumptions ultimately influence identity evolution and psychological well-being. A Lens on Deaf Identities explores multiple factors, both past and present, with significance for deaf/hard-of-hearing identities. These factors include explanatory paradigms of how deaf and hard-of-hearing people are understood within the context of disability and sociolinguistics; the formal recognition of a Deaf culture ... More

Keywords: identity, deaf, hard of hearing, human behavior, psychological well-being, diversity, disability, social contexts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320664
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320664.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irene W. Leigh, author
Gallaudet University