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Mother Father Deaf

Mother Father Deaf

Living between Sound and Silence

Paul M. Preston

ISBN 9780674587489

Publication date: 07/21/1998

“Mother father deaf” is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the Hearing and the Deaf, forever balancing the worlds of sound and silence. Paul Preston, one of these children, takes us to the place where Deaf and Hearing cultures meet, where families like his own embody the conflicts and resolutions of two often opposing world views.

Based on 150 interviews with adult hearing children of deaf parents throughout the United States, Mother Father Deaf examines the process of assimilation and cultural affiliation among a population whose lives incorporate the paradox of being culturally “Deaf” yet functionally hearing. It is rich in anecdote and analysis, remarkable for its insights into a family life normally closed to outsiders.

Praise

  • 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

Author

  • Paul Preston manages the recently created national Research and Training Center on Families of Adults with Disabilities, located at Through the Looking Glass, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, California. He is also Research Associate in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Book Details

  • 288 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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