Friday, October 26, 2001
Everyone Has a Right
to Their Rights
you really think about it, we're all in one of two categories: TABs (temporarily
able-bodied) or disabled.
Disabled people have struggled continuously to convince TABs that this
difference should not result in a curtailment of their rights. The new book Disability Protests: Contentious Politics, 1970-1999
traces the growing political nature of these struggles, including the schisms
among disability advocacies that cloud issues, such as between Deaf advocates
and other disabled groups.
Barnartt, coauthor of Deaf
President Now!, and Richard Scotch trace in Disability
Protests thirty years of protests, organizations, and legislative
victories within the deaf and disabled populations. They analyze what
constitutes “contentious” politics and what distinguishes a sustained social movement.
They also consider the pressing question of exactly who is
“deaf enough” or
“disabled enough” to adequately represent their constituencies.
Read chapter two, Collective
Consciousness and a Profile of Issues, and order
Disability Protests: Contentious Politics, 1970-1999 at your
exclusive subscriber rate of 20% off the regular price.
7-8, 2001, the dates for the international conference “Dictionaries and the Standardization of Languages,”
are approaching fast. Simon Winchester, author of the bestselling book The
Professor and the Madman, A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the
Oxford English Dictionary, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Gallaudet
University Press Institute, the educational division of GUPress, the conference
will be held in the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center in
Washington, D.C. For more information about
go to Dictionaries.gallaudet.edu.
In its latest issue, the Journal Of Social Work Education featured Inner Lives of Deaf
Children: Interviews and Analysis by Martha Sheridan.
“While much attention has been focused on the educational development of deaf
children, little time has been spent on the study of deaf children's
self-concepts and social development. The author of this book seeks to correct
this oversight with a series of interviews with deaf children between the ages
of 7 and 10 using a consistent procedure. This procedure includes standardized
questions, asking the child to draw a picture based on his or her life and
tell a story about it, and showing pictures clipped from a magazine and asking
the child to describe what he or she sees. In addition to the sections on each child's
interview, the author offers chapters that introduce the project and present
analysis of the findings.” You can read more about Inner Lives of Deaf
Children and place your order
Perrin Wilcox's Metaphor in
American Sign Language received a warm review from Disabilities Studies
Quarterly (DSQ) in its Summer 2001 issue.
“The discussion of ASL tropes (metaphor, simile,
and metonymy - or using a part to represent a whole) is fascinating and makes
the clearest account of the relationship between iconicity and metaphor I have
seen,” writes Claire Ramsey of University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. “Also, Wilcox enriches the ASL descriptions with
reference to English and the structures it shares with ASL, those that ASL
shares with other sign languages, and the meanings that are not shared among
sign languages. For instance, English makes use of the metaphor understanding as
grasping, as in ‘Do you get it?’ In ASL the verb GET means only the physical
act of receiving so it cannot take the abstract metaphorical meaning. ASL,
instead, uses the more complex structure ‘ideas in existence are straight’
one instance of which is the extended index finger in UNDERSTAND. Both Catalan
and German Sign Languages use the grasping metaphor. Japanese and Cuban sign
languages, like ASL, use the straight metaphor.” Read the complete
review and an excerpt from chapter
one and order Metaphor in
American Sign Language.
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