Mother Father Deaf: Living Between Sound and Silence

Mother Father Deaf: Living Between Sound and Silence

by Paul Preston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674587480

ISBN-13: 9780674587489

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard


"Mother father deaf" is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the Hearing and the Deaf, forever balancing the worlds of sound and silence. Paul Preston, one of these children, takes us to the place where Deaf and Hearing cultures meet, where families like his

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"Mother father deaf" is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the Hearing and the Deaf, forever balancing the worlds of sound and silence. Paul Preston, one of these children, takes us to the place where Deaf and Hearing cultures meet, where families like his own embody the conflicts and resolutions of two often opposing world views. Based on 150 interviews with adult hearing children of deaf parents throughout the United States, Mother Father Deaf examines the process of assimilation and cultural affiliation among a population whose lives incorporate the paradox of being culturally "Deaf" yet functionally hearing. It is rich in anecdote and analysis, remarkable for its insights into a family life normally closed to outsiders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674587489
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
784,791
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: WHEN CULTURES COLLIDE

1. Introduction

2. Interpreting Our Lives

PART 2: FAMILY ALBUMS

3. Invisible and Profound

4. Views from the Other Side

5. The Alternate Family

6. Imperfect Mirrors

PART 3: CHILDHOOD LANDSCAPES

7. A Song You Never Heard Before

8. Inside Out or Upside Down

9. The Heritage of Difference

10. Hyphenated Lives

PART 4: A DISTANT WORLD CALLED HOME

11. Identity on the Margins of Culture

Epilogue

Glossary

Notes

Reference

Acknowledgment

Index

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