Deaf and Disability Studies

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited by Susan Burch & Alison Kafer

Categories: Deaf Studies, Disability Studies, Deaf Communities and Cultures
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Hardcover : 9781563684647, 296 pages, July 2010
Ebook : 9781563684654, 296 pages, September 2014
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This collection presents 14 essays by renowned scholars on Deaf people, Deafhood, Deaf histories, and Deaf identity and their intersection with general disabilities activism, alliances, boundaries, and overlaps.



This collection presents 14 essays by renowned scholars on Deaf people, Deafhood, Deaf histories, and Deaf identity, but from different points of view on the Deaf/Disability compass. Editors Susan Burch and Alison Kafer have divided these works around three themes. The first, Identities and Locations, explores Deaf identity in different contexts. Topics range from a history of activism shaped by the ableism of Deaf elites in the United States from 1880–1920, to a discussion of the roles that economics, location, race, and culture play in the experiences of a Deaf woman from northern Nigeria now living in Washington, D.C.

     Alliances and Activism showcases activism organized across differences. Studies include a feminist analysis of how deaf and hearing women working together share responsibility, and an examination of how intra-cultural variations in New York City and Quebec affect deaf-focus HIV/AIDS programs. The third theme, Boundaries and Overlaps, explicitly addresses the relationships between Deaf Studies and Disability Studies. Interviews with scholars from both disciplines help define these relationships. Another contributor calls for hearing/not-deaf people with disabilities to support their Deaf peers in gaining langue access to the United Nations. Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives reveals that different questions often lead to contrary conclusions among their authors, who still recognize that they all have a stake in this partnership.


Susan Burch is Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.  Alison Kafer is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX.