Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States

ISBN-13: 9781597567916

ISBN-10: 1597567914

Author: Irene W. Leigh, Jean F. Andrews, Raychelle Harris

Edition: 1

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Plural Publishing, Inc.
Paperback 318 pages
History, Sociology
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Acknowledged author Irene W. Leigh wrote Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States comprising 318 pages back in 2016. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 1597567914 and 9781597567916. Since then Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States textbook received total rating of 3.5 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $31.59 or rent at the marketplace.


How does Deaf culture fit into education, psychology, cultural studies, technology and the arts? Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States addresses this through both theoretical and practical information. With the recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) as a bona fide language, the perception of Deaf people has evolved into the recognition of a vibrant Deaf culture centered around the use of signed languages and the communities of Deaf people.
This text also describes how rapid advances in technology, including the Internet as well as new visual and auditory technologies, have not only created opportunities for Deaf people to influence how technology can be used, but additionally has become a powerful force in influencing the behavior of Deaf individuals within diverse national and international societies. This has created opportunities for incorporating diversity and international perspectives into Deaf culture. Within each chapter are multiple vignettes, examples, pictures, and stories to enhance content interest for readers and facilitate instructor teaching. Theories are introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner to ensure understanding, and clear examples are provided to illustrate concepts.
In addition, students of American Sign Language and Deaf studies will find an introduction to possible opportunities for professional and informal involvement with ASL/Deaf culture children and adults. Deaf Culture fills a unique niche as an introductory text that is accessible and straightforward for those beginning their studies of the Deaf-World.
Key Features:

  • Strong focus on including different communities within Deaf culture
  • Thought-provoking questions, illustrative vignettes, and examples
  • Theories introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner
  • PluralPlus companion website with a word bank, glossary, resource list for readers and test bank and digital slides/presentations for teachers
  • Written by Deaf and hearing authors with extensive teaching experience and immersion in ASL and Deaf culture

Table of Contents
About the Authors

Part I. Deaf Culture: Yesterday and Today
Chapter 1. Deaf Community: Past and Present
Chapter 2. Causes of Being Deaf and Auditory Innovations
Part II. Signed Languages and Learning

Chapter 3. American Sign Language
Chapter 4. Deaf Education and Deaf Culture
Chapter 5. How Deaf Children Think, Learn, and Read
Part III. Deaf Lives, Technology, Arts, and Career Opportunities
Chapter 6. Deaf Identities
Chapter 7. Navigating Deaf and Hearing Worlds
Chapter 8. Technology and Accessibility
Chapter 9. Arts, Literature, and Media
Chapter 10. Advocating and Career Opportunities
Chapter 11. Final Thoughts on Deaf Culture and Its Future