Surgical Consent: Bioethics and Cochlear Implantation

Surgical Consent: Bioethics and Cochlear Implantation



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Surgical Consent: Bioethics and Cochlear Implantation by Linda Komesaroff

With the rate of cochlear implantation reaching 80% to 90% of all deaf children, some as young as five months old, Surgical Consent: Bioethics and Cochlear Implantation arrives at a critical juncture. This comprehensive collection features essays by Priscilla Alderson, Inger Lise Skog Hansen, Hilde Haualand, volume editor Linda Komesaroff, Paddy Ladd, Harlan Lane, Karen Lloyd, Eithne Mills, Paal Richard Peterson, Gunilla Preisler, Kristina Svartholm, and Michael Uniacke. These worldwide renowned ethicists, educators, and Deaf leaders express their diverse perspectives on the bioethics of childhood cochlear implantation according to their discipline and a number of themes of inquiry: human rights, medical and social ethics, psychology, education, globalization, identity, life pathways, democracy, media, law, and biotechnology.

Drawing on current research, this volume presents the varying reactions around the globe to the high rate of implantation. These views contrast sharply with the medical perspective of deafness overwhelmingly promoted through the media and by the cochlear implantation industry. At the same time, the contributors aim to disrupt the binaries that have long dominated the field of deafness — speech versus sign, instruction through speech and sign systems versus bilingual education, and medical intervention versus cultural membership in the Deaf community.

Surgical Consent begins and ends with the voices of Deaf people. Their articulate and, at times, raw insights clearly delineate the issues of power, positioning, and minority-majority group relations that are inherent in the dominant hearing culture’s understanding of diversity and globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563685835
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 02/09/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Linda Komesaroff is a senior lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Contributors     ix
Introduction   Linda Komesaroff     xi
Cochlear Implantation, Colonialism, and Deaf Rights   Paddy Ladd     1
Consent to Surgery for Deaf Children: Making Informed Decisions   Priscilla Alderson     30
Ethnicity, Ethics, and the Deaf-World   Harlan Lane     42
Parents, Children, and Medical Treatment: Legal Rights and Responsibilities   Eithne Mills     70
Media Representation and Cochlear Implantation   Linda Komesaroff     88
The Psychosocial Development of Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants   Gunilla Preisler     120
Cochlear-Implanted Children in Sweden's Bilingual Schools   Kristina Svartholm     137
A Study of Norwegian Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Equality in Communication Inside and Outside Family Life   Hilde Haualand   Inger Lise Skog Hansen     151
Freedom of Speech for Deaf People   Paal Richard Peterson     165
Deaf Australians and the Cochlear Implant: Reporting from Ground Level   Karen Lloyd   Michael Uniacke     174
Index     195

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