Who am I with others?: Selfhood and shuwa among mainstream educated deaf and hard-of-hearing Japanese youth

  title={Who am I with others?: Selfhood and shuwa among mainstream educated deaf and hard-of-hearing Japanese youth},
  author={Jennifer M. McGuire},
  journal={Contemporary Japan},
  pages={197 - 217}
ABSTRACT Drawing upon long-term ethnographic research, this article examines the interlinking processes of “self-searching” (jibun sagashi) and sign language acquisition among deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) Japanese youth, together with the role of friendships. At the center of this study are self-identified “inte” (short for “integration”): DHH youth ages 18 to 24 who were educated in mainstream schools. Schools for the deaf have been positioned as one of the “pillars” of deaf communities… 

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