The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry

Hardcover | January 21, 2011

byHarlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard, Ulf Hedberg

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What are ethnic groups? Are Deaf people who sign American Sign Language (ASL) an ethnic group? In The People of the Eye, Deaf studies, history, cultural anthropology, genetics, sociology, and disability studies are brought to bear as the authors compare the values, customs and socialorganization of the Deaf World to those in ethnic groups. Arguing against the common representation of ASL signers as a disability group, the authors discuss the many challenges to Deaf ethnicity, in this first book-length examination of these issues. Stepping deeper into the debate around ethnicity status, The People of the Eye also describes in a compelling narrative the story of the founding families of the Deaf World in the US. Tracing ancestry back hundreds of years, the authors reveal that Deaf people's preference to marry other Deaf peopleled to the creation of Deaf clans, and thus to shared ancestry and the discovery that most ASL signers are born into the Deaf World, and many are kin. In a major contribution to the historical record of Deaf people in the US, The People of the Eye portrays how Deaf people - and hearing people, too - lived in early America. For those curious about their own ancestry in relation to the Deaf World, the figures and an associated website presentpedigrees for over two hundred lineages that extend as many as three hundred years and are unique in genealogy research. The book contains an every-name index to the pedigrees, providing a rich resource for anyone who is interested in Deaf culture.

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What are ethnic groups? Are Deaf people who sign American Sign Language (ASL) an ethnic group? In The People of the Eye, Deaf studies, history, cultural anthropology, genetics, sociology, and disability studies are brought to bear as the authors compare the values, customs and socialorganization of the Deaf World to those in ethnic gr...

Harlan Lane is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. Richard C. Pillard is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. Ulf Hedberg is Director of the Deaf Library Collections and Archives at Gallaudet University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:January 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199759294

ISBN - 13:9780199759293

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List of IllustrationsIntroductionPart I. Ethnicity and the Deaf-World1. Cultural Cohesive Forces2. Ethnic Boundaries3. Yes, ButPart II: Deaf Ancestry: Henniker, N. H., and Martha's Vineyard, Mass.4. Settling the New World5. The Brown family of Henniker, N. H.6. Martha's Vineyard, Mass7. Assimilating and Differentiating SocietiesPart III: Deaf Ancestry in Maine: Northern Cluster8. Migration from the Vineyard to Maine9. Other Northern SettlersPart IV: Deaf Ancestry in Maine: Southern Cluster10. Southern ClusterPart V. Deaf Ancestry: Summary and ReflectionsAppendicesAppendix A. Briefly Noted LineagesAppendix B. What the Pedigrees Reveal about Genetic TransmissionAppendix C. Pedigree MethodsAppendix D. Every Name Index to Pedigrees at our WebsiteIndex