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About the Author

Paddy Ladd is a Lecturer and MSc co-ordinator at the Centre for Deaf Studies in the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD in Deaf Culture at Bristol University in 1998 and has written, edited and contributed to numerous publications in the field. Both his writings and his Deaf activism have received international recognition, and in 1998 he was awarded the Deaf Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Deaf People, for activities which have extended the possibilities for Deaf communities both in the UK and worldwide.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters (March 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853595454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853595455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SlowBurn on December 31, 2011
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Let me start with the assumption that I'm one of the few people entirely outside the Deaf community to pick this book up. I read Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks way back when, and the idea of Deaf culture never left me. Reading around on forums a little brought me to this book - probably the Deaf culture bible right now (if there is such a thing, though a few blogs I've read certainly make it seem like it), and definitely one of the first books you should pick up if you're interested in all things capital D. I find this book of anthropological value, few to no people know of such a thing as Deaf culture, and the common heritage these people feel binds them, nor are they aware of the beauty of sign language. And deaf clubs? Wut? A Deafhood university course? You bet. As a complete outsider, I found this book exciting. I'm always on the lookout for hidden facets of the society we live in, and I have a deep sociological and anthropological interest. For someone like me, finding this book is like striking gold.

Well-written, engaging and comprehensive, this book is definitely a gem if you're so inclined. The author comes across as an awesome fellow, and I found his narrative to be both easy going and ingraciating. The author insists that one can pick and choose the chapters of interest, and go from there, though in reality, it's probably best to start from the beginning and work your way in, if you're a newbie to the scene, he does explain a lot of basic things in the first 100 pages, and if you delve deeper in, you'll regret having failed to read his introduction to Deaf thought and the Deaf history, something I'd strongly advise you "plow through" to fully understand the things he touches on later.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ladyfilosopher on October 31, 2012
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Granted I will update this review while and when I have finished reading this dense but lively book. I am very impressed with its academic calibre meshed with the verve and conviction of PURE activism. This is an author who wants things to change and offers us the means to help it do so. He is well read and informed about what lies at the foundation of our beliefs and actions. He also gives the hope that 'hearers' like myself can participate without cloying benevolence hindering our aim and purpose. I am a linguist and speak several languages at varying degrees of proficiency. I am going to soon be a front line professional in the mental health domain. I realised that the one other language I could truly commit to would be BSL (British Sign Language)which would in turn allow me to offer access to "talking therapy" for a group of people who are by definition thwarted by not being able to hear and talk in the manner of the majority in this culture. This book has supplied me with so many answers to the driving questions which surged to the surface during my 1st BSL class. He has supplied relevant numbers and sources to further my investigation. All this and I have only read the rich acknowledgements and am half-way through the introduction "Walking the Tight Trope"!! One does have to go deep into a subject to catalyze constructive change which will last and generate a better approach to diversity as defined against a dominant group's power to fragment an individual's reality. He is prone to some gross generalizations (pg 9:"... the journey in search of meanings of Deafhood might well constitute mankind's final frontier.")which ignore even larger areas of discrimination (eg.misogeny). I am sure the book was not meant for a 'quick read and fix'.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Robbins on May 26, 2014
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Paddy Ladd captures the sensibilities of being deaf. The book deals with the reality of surviving in a microcosmic society with it’s own sociological percepts through its own language, its own cultural values, its own mores and norms, and its own togetherness. It was written in attempt to clarify the essence of being deaf in the deaf community at large. For those who seek to understand who and what deaf people are about then this book is, indeed, a must read!
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A textbook for one social model to view the Deaf community. The author describes history, his own journey to acceptance of himself as a Deaf person, and his experience becoming culturally Deaf. The British expression and sociological jargon can be hard to wade through. Hopefully there will be more social models in the future springing from this inspiring book.
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Great introduction into the world of Deaf Culture, as I never realized how different their perspective is from a 'hearing' person's.. An interesting read.
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By Laura Stetler on February 14, 2015
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The kindle edition does not have page numbers and it makes it very hard to do homework.
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It is very interested book. I understand British English well.
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