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- DescriptionAlthough it is commonly believed that deafness and disability limits a person in a variety of ways, Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India describes the two as a source of value in postcolonial India. Michele Friedner argues that the experiences of deaf people offer an important portrayal of contemporary self-making and sociality under new regimes of labor and ecomy in India. Friedner contends that deafness actually becomes a source of value for deaf Indians as they interact with ngovernmental organizations, with employers in the global information techlogy sector, and with the state. In contrast to previous political ecomic moments, deaf Indians increasingly depend less on the state for education and employment, and instead turn to vel and sometimes surprising spaces such as NGOs, multinational corporations, multilevel marketing businesses, and churches that attract deaf congregants. They also gravitate towards each other. Their social practices may be invisible to outsiders because neither the state r their families have recognized Indian Sign Language as legitimate, but deaf Indians collectively learn sign language, which they use among themselves, and they also learn the importance of working within the structures of their communities to maximise their opportunities. Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India analyses how diverse deaf people become oriented toward each other and disoriented from their families and other kinship networks. More broadly, this book explores how deafness, deaf sociality, and sign language relate to contemporary society.
- Author BiographyMichele Friedner is an assistant professor of health and rehabilitation sciences in the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University (SUNY), USA.
- Author(s)Michele Friedner
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note2 photographs, 5 figures
- Weight322 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
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