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Harlan Lane

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Lane (Psychology/Northeastern) follows up When the Mind Hears - his 1984 history of the deaf - with an excoriating analysis of the oppression of the deaf in contemporary society. Hearing people, Lane says, view deafness as a disability - but the deaf see themselves as a linguistic minority, feel that they have a richer social life than hearing people, marry each other, and celebrate the birth of a deaf child as a precious gift. After developing these preconception-shattering revelations, Lane reveals the meshes of paternalistic control exercised by "audism" - that institution of school administrators, speech therapists, psychologists, and social workers that authorizes views of the deaf, governs where they go to school, and exercises authority over their community. Despite research showing that American Sign Language is a natural language with its own vocabulary, grammar, and art forms, professionals persist in viewing it as disabled English and refuse to learn it. The consequences for the deaf are dire: IQ scores can be lowered 30 points by examiners resorting to ad hoc pantomime for test instruction; psychologists administer tests designed for the hearing and misdiagnose deaf children as learning-disabled; deaf youth are "mainstreamed" out of special schools to languish in a heating, English-speaking environment. The audist establishment, Lane says, has promulgated calling deaf children "hearing-impaired" - the equivalent, he adds, of calling women "non-men" or gays "sexually impaired." And economic serf-interest motivates the audist establishment, Lane argues. The hearing-aid industry, for example, annually sells $250 million dollars' worth of hearing aids to deaf children, whose teachers require them. Yet virtually all of these children went deaf before learning English, making the hearing aids useless. What is to be done to empower the deaf? Allow them their language, Lane says, and their history and their dignity. Essential for anyone with a deaf person in his or her life, or for anyone who wishes truly to understand two million deaf fellow Americans. (Kirkus Reviews)
A piercing look at the gulf that separates the Deaf minority from the hearing world, this passionate classic is essential reading for people who want to understand the gap between these two cultures. Critically acclaimed as a breakthrough when first published, the issues brilliantly brought to the fore by The Mask of Benevolence are still deeply relevant. This edition, with new information on the science and ethics of cochlear implants, sheds a forceful light on the mistreatment of the Deaf minority by a hearing establishment that resists understanding and awareness.


Imprint: Dawn Sign Press,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2000
First published: March 1999
Authors: Harlan Lane
Dimensions: 204 x 132 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 334
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-58121-009-5
Barcode: 9781581210095
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Disability: social aspects
Books > Social sciences > Education > Teaching of specific groups > Teaching of children / adults with specific learning difficulties
LSN: 1-58121-009-4

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