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Many Ways to Be Deaf
International Variation in Deaf Communities

Leila Monaghan,
Constanze Schmaling,
Karen Nakamura, and
Graham H. Turner, Editors

Now in Paperback!

Read chapter twelve.
Read reviews: The Midwest Book Review, Choice, Review of Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly.


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From Choice

As political, social, and economic factors cause the world to shrink, people of many diverse cultures find themselves interacting with each other. Americans no longer view the world with “ethnocentric” glasses, but are learning to value diversity. This new book comes at just the right time, showing through a compilation of works from authors around the world that sign languages from various nations, while different, can be a significantly unifying factor to the worldwide Deaf community. Not only does this work present surprisingly parallel stories of the different struggles and successes of the Deaf community throughout the world, it suggests that in compiling the material for their work, the researchers may have inadvertently set the stage for a more general understanding of world cultures and for valuing diversity. If the Deaf communities of the world can value each other, perhaps we all can. Recommended. All levels and collections.

-- J. A. LeClair, SUNY Oswego

Leila Monaghan is Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Constanze Schmaling is a linguist at the Institute of German Sign Language at Hamburg University, Germany.

Karen Nakamura, an anthropologist, teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Graham H. Turner is Senior Lecturer in the Deaf Studies program at the University of Central Lancashire, Great Britain.

ISBN 978-1-56368-578-1, 7 x 10 paperback, 338 pages, references, index


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