“Deaf Discourse”: The Social Construction of Deafness in a Bedouin Community

@article{Kisch2008DeafDT,
  title={“Deaf Discourse”: The Social Construction of Deafness in a Bedouin Community},
  author={Shifra Kisch},
  journal={Medical Anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={27},
  pages={283 - 313}
}
  • S. Kisch
  • Published 28 July 2008
  • Sociology
  • Medical Anthropology
Among the Al-Sayyid Arab-Bedouin, the use of an indigenous sign language is widespread and provides the foundation of a signing community shared by hearing and deaf people. Cases with comparable high incidences of deafness have in recent years stimulated debates in diverse academic disciplines. Lacking an accurate term, they are regularly referred to as “Martha's Vineyard situations” and have often been oversimplified and romanticized. This article provides an in-depth analysis of a Bedouin… 

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