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The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry

Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard, and Ulf Hedberg


What are ethnic groups? Are Deaf people who sign American Sign Language (ASL) an ethnic group? The book brings deaf studies, history, cultural anthropology, genetics, sociology, and disability studies to bear as it compares the values, customs and social organization of the Deaf-World to those in ethnic groups. The common representation of ASL signers as a disability group is disputed and many other challenges to Deaf ethnicity are examined. This book also describes the founding families of the Deaf-World in the U.S. and traces their ancestry and descendants. It reveals that Deaf people's pref ... More

Keywords: Deaf-World, sign language, ethnicity, ancestry, pedigrees, disability, Deaf culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harlan Lane, author
Northeastern University
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Richard C. Pillard, author
Boston University

Ulf Hedberg, author
Gallaudet University
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