This is a well-organized and a well-written book which provides a captivating inside look at the development of deaf culture in America. In the introduction to the book, Padden and Humpries uses the intervention of capitalizing the Deaf to refer to the members of a distinct culture; people who have characteristics of a community within a community, especially in their fluency in sign language. When the authors use the word “deaf” more broadly to refer to the situation of hearing loss, it is lowercased. This history of the development of the language of the deaf people gives a basis for understanding the current climate to the deaf world. The authors expose the discrimination and conflicts deaf people have encountered over the years and the many approaches they have used to counter the obstacles and survive as a community (McDermott and Hervé 330). The language is also standard to make any willing reader keep in touch with the content of the book. The authors’ flow of ideas in their e...
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