Introduction to American Deaf Culture

Paperback | December 5, 2012

byThomas K. Holcomb

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Introduction to American Deaf Culture is the only comprehensive textbook that provides a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of how Deaf people are best understood from a cultural perspective, with coverage of topics such as how culture is defined, how the concept of culture can be applied to theDeaf experience, and how Deaf culture has evolved over the years. Among the issues included are an analysis of various segments of the Deaf community, Deaf cultural norms, the tension between the Deaf and disabled communities, Deaf art and literature (both written English and ASL forms), thesolutions being offered by the Deaf community for effective living as Deaf individuals, and an analysis of the universality of the Deaf experience, including the enculturation process that many Deaf people undergo as they develop healthy identities.As a member of a multigenerational Deaf family with a lifetime of experience living bi-culturally among Deaf and hearing people, author Thomas K. Holcomb enhances the text with engaging stories interwoven throughout. In addition to being used in college-level courses, this book can also help parentsand educators of Deaf children understand the world of Deaf culture. It offers a beautiful introduction to the ways Deaf people effectively manage their lives in a world full of people who can hear.

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Introduction to American Deaf Culture is the only comprehensive textbook that provides a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of how Deaf people are best understood from a cultural perspective, with coverage of topics such as how culture is defined, how the concept of culture can be applied to theDeaf experience, and how Deaf culture has e...

Thomas K. Holcomb is Professor of Deaf Studies at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, where he teaches both Deaf and hearing students in courses on Deaf culture, Deaf education, and ASL/English Interpretation. Holcomb's family - his parents, grandparents, children, and grandson - are all Deaf. With over 30 years of teaching experien...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199777543

ISBN - 13:9780199777549

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Culture Defined3. Who are the Deaf People?4. Deafhood: A Personal Journey Toward Self-Actualization5. Early Definitions of Deaf Culture6. Deaaf Culture Redefined7. ASL - Language of the American Deaf Community8. Deaf Lit9. Deaf Art10. Rules of Social Interaction11. The Vibrant Deaf Community12. The Collision Between Culture and Disability13. Diversity within the Deaf Community14. The Universality7 of teh Deaf Experience15. The Future of the Deaf Community