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Title: Meanings of deafness
Author: Moorhead, David
ISNI:       0000 0001 3418 8230
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis investigates the ways that different groups of people may perceive the experience of deafness. It explores the nature of power in relationships between these groups, and the way people may or may not be able to exercise control over the circumstances of their lives. It studies the nature and origins of challenges to traditional ways of understanding deafness, which see it as a loss, which pathologise the experience of those who are deaf, and place responsibility for alleviation and management with individuals. It places the experience of deaf people at the centre of the study and uses their accounts, with those of people who work with them in the personal social services, to create a framework for understanding the experience of deafness and to uncover issues for further investigation. It describes the development of a methodology to use in this form of investigation which values people's own perceptions and experience above imposed meanings and adopted certainties. It outlines a framework that arises from this form of analysis of people's accounts, and sets out a commentary which explores issues about identity, challenge, voices, languages, separation,d enial, acknowledgement,h elp and power. It suggestsh ow this framework can be used to look at ways that deaf people experience deafness, how deaf and hearing people interact with one another in mediating relationships, and how power and control are exercised in these. It looks at similarities as well as differences in people's experiences, and how similarities with other marginalised and oppressed groups of people place deaf people and their experience on a wider political and humanitarian context
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology