It's a Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters

It's a Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters

by Michele Friedner, Annelies Kusters

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It’s a Small World explores the fascinating and, at times, controversial concept of DEAF-SAME (“I am deaf, you are deaf, and so we are the same”) and its influence on deaf spaces locally and globally. The editors and contributors focus on national and international encounters (e.g., conferences, sporting events, arts festivals, camps) and the role of political/economic power structures on deaf lives and the creation of deaf worlds. They also consider important questions about how deaf people negotiate DEAF-SAME and deaf difference, with particular attention to relations between deaf people in the global South (countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with access to fewer resources than other countries) and the global North (countries in Europe, along with Canada, the US, Australia, and several other nations with access to and often control of resources).           Editors Michele Friedner and Annelies Kusters and their contributors represent a variety of academic and professional fields, from anthropology and linguistics to cultural and religious studies. Each chapter in this original volume highlights a new perspective on the multiple intersections that occur between nationalities, cultures, languages, religions, races, genders, and identities. The text is organized into five sections—Gatherings, Language, Projects, Networks, and Visions. Taken all together, the 23 chapters in this book provide an understanding of how sameness and difference are powerful yet contested categories in deaf worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563686535
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michele Friedner is an assistant professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Annelies Kusters is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany.  

Table of Contents

Cover Title Page Copyright Page Contents Introduction Part 1: Gatherings 1: The Emergence of International Deaf Spaces in France from Desloges 1779 to the Paris Congress of 1900 2: A Global Stage: Sign Language Artistic Production and Festivals in International Contexts 3: The World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camp in Durban: An Opportunity for Learning, Networking, and Empowerment 4: Deaf Jewish Space and DEAF-SAME: The International Conferences of Deaf Jews in the Twentieth Century 5: Deaf Transnational Gatherings at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and Some Afterthoughts Part 2: Language 6: The Paradox of International Sign: The Importance of Deaf-Hearing Encounters for Deaf-Deaf Communication across Sign Language Borders 7: One Language, or Maybe Two: Direct Communication, Understanding, and Informal Interpreting in International Deaf Encounters 8: Challenging Sign Language Lineages and Geographies: the Case of Eritrean, Finnish, and Swedish Sign Languages 9: Signed Language Sovereignties in Viet Nam: Deaf Community Responses to ASL-Based Tourism 10: Social Media Practices of Deaf Youth in Turkey: Emerging Mobilities and Language Choice Part 3: Projects 11: Andrew Foster Touches Eternity: From Nigeria to Fiji 12: Exploring the Contours of DEAF-SAME Kinship Bonds and Mutuality in United Methodist Short-Term Missions 13: A Deaf Leadership Program in Nigeria: Notes on a Complicated Endeavor 14: Sign Language Recognition: Tensions between Specificity and Universalism in International Deaf Discourses 15: Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Supporting the Deaf Community in Chile through Legal Expertise Part 4: Networks 16: A Deaf Diaspora? Imaging Deaf Worlds Across and Beyond Nations 17: SAME-SAME but Different: Tourism and the Deaf Global Circuit in Cambodia 18: The Role of Regional, National, and Trasnational Influences in the Creation of Strong Deaf Activist Networks in Uruguay 19: International Deaf Space in Social Media: The Deaf Experience in the United States Part 5: Visions 20: Deaf International Development Practitioners and Researchers Working Effectively in Deaf Communities 21: Changing the World (or Not): Reflecting on Interactions in the Global South during the Frontrunners Program 22: "My Deaf Is Not Your Deaf": Realizing Intersectional Realities at Gallaudet University 23: Global Deafhood: Exploring Myths and Realities Afterword: It's a Small World? Contributors Index

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