November 2007


(4:27) In Paddy Ladd’s “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood”, he examines the concept of “subaltern”–and describes elite subalterns as well as subaltern-elite.

Here I expand on them, giving some broad descriptions and tendencies.

Which are you?


“Choices” is a buzzword in Deaf-related debates.

We see these frequently: parents’ choices, communication choices, educational choices.

However, in considering the ideal framework to present Deaf people to the world, to decide the ideal for Deaf people, to determine the position to take a stand with…

we have two choices: deafness or Deafhood.
And under them, other and related choices:

deficit thinking or possibility thinking

unexamined or examined

Which should we choose?
deafness, deficit thinking and unexamined
or
Deafhood, possibility thinking and examined?

These are not compatible. Which would you choose?