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Mother Father Deaf

Living Between Sound and Silence

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$30.50 • £24.95 • €27.50

ISBN 9780674587489

Publication Date: 07/21/1998

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288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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There is much more to the difference between being deaf and hearing than simply whether one hears or not. The two worlds are separate and different. Paul Preston offers us a unique view of those differences through his anthropological study of people who exist in both cultures, the hearing children of deaf parents… This book is informative and inviting… [Preston] provides a useful source of information for understanding the interactions between the hearing and deaf worlds.—Charles V. Anderson, Contemporary Psychology

Preston’s findings are both interesting and important… [His] thoughtful and lucid account raises as many questions as it answers, and thus makes a significant contribution to the small but growing literature on deaf culture in particular and disability studies in general.—Nora Ellen Groce, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Through stories, family histories, and sensitive questioning, Preston reveals what it feels like to stand astride the two cultural communities and offers new insights into the world of deafness.Booklist

I have no doubt that Preston’s work is now the major study on this topic and will be so regarded by researchers in deafness and anyone interested in the study of culture and its transmission through the family… Preston’s interviews will lay to rest many of the stereotypes and myths that exist in both the media and the literature of deafness.—John S. Schuchman, Gallaudet University

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