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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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The People of the Eye

Harlan Lane (Contributor Webpage)

Richard C. Pillard

Ulf Hedberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapters 1 and 2 led to the conclusion that the Deaf-World is an ethnic group. This chapter examines the major challenges to the concept of Deaf ethnicity. The issues are: resistance to assimilation; socialization outside the family; Deaf disability; timing of acculturation; non-hereditary deafness; ethnic autonomy; generational transmission; common descent; role of CODAs; American pluralism; and Deaf people's vision of integration. The Deaf dilemma is this: To exercise some important rights as members of society at the expense of being mischaracterized by that society and government as a disability group, or to refuse some of those rights in the hope of gradually undermining that misconstruction and gaining rights that are truly appropriate and broader for Deaf ethnicity.

Keywords:   Assimilation, socialization, disability, generational transmission, common descent, pluralism, Coda

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