Deaf Identities: Perspectives from Theory and Research
Psychosocial literature covering theory and research on identity evolution in deaf and hard-of-hearing persons is relatively recent. This chapter presents extensive conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the formation of diverse deaf identity categories and how individuals may transition into and out of categories. The following paradigms are covered: disability, racial identity, social identity, acculturation, and narration. Supporting research and anecdotal evidence are included for each paradigm. The interface of d/Deaf/hard of hearing with core identity is examined. Related to this interface, how covert and overt deaf identities influence adjustment is also explored.
Keywords: deaf identity evolution, theory, research, disability identity paradigm, racial identity paradigm, social identity paradigm, acculturation paradigm, narration paradigm, core identity, identity transitions
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