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The People of the EyeDeaf Ethnicity and Ancestry$
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Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard, and Ulf Hedberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759293.001.0001

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Cultural Cohesive Forces

Cultural Cohesive Forces

(p.3) 1 Cultural Cohesive Forces
The People of the Eye

Harlan Lane (Contributor Webpage)

Richard C. Pillard

Ulf Hedberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 compares the culture of the Deaf-World to cultural properties of ethnic groups. The terms of comparison include language, bonding to one's kind, cultural rules and values, social institutions, language arts, visual arts, history, ethnic heritage sites, kinship, and socialization. In order to undertake this study of Deaf ethnicity, it was necessary to distinguish Deaf ASL signers from the much larger and more heterogeneous group of more than ten million hearing-impaired Americans who communicate primarily in English or another oral language. Most of the people in this larger group do not see themselves as members of a sign-language minority nor do they participate in its organizations, profess its values, or follow its customs; rather, they consider themselves hearing people with a hearing disability. This book is about the smaller group, one among several that make up the Deaf community—specifically, Deaf signers of ASL.

Keywords:   ethnicity and language, bonding, cultural rules and values, social institutions, language arts, visual arts, history, ethnic heritage sites, kinship, socialization

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