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Forbidden signs : American culture and the campaign against sign language, Douglas C. Baynton

Label
Forbidden signs : American culture and the campaign against sign language
Title
Forbidden signs
Title remainder
American culture and the campaign against sign language
Statement of responsibility
Douglas C. Baynton
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Forbidden Signs explores American culture from the mid-nineteenth century to 1920 through the lens of one striking episode: the campaign led by Alexander Graham Bell and other prominent Americans to suppress the use of sign language among deaf people. The metaphors and images used to describe the deaf - outsiders; beings of silence, innocence, and mystery; users of a language alternately seen as ancient and noble or primitive and animal-like - offer a unique perspective for examining American thought and culture
  • The debate over sign language invoked such fundamental questions as what distinguished Americans from non-Americans, civilized people from "savages," humans from animals, men from women, the natural from the unnatural, and the normal from the abnormal. An advocate of the return to sign language, Baynton finds that although the grounds of the debate have shifted, educators still base decisions on many of the same metaphors and images that led to the misguided efforts to eradicate sign language. Ending with a discussion of recent changes in the images of deafness and sign language and a critique of the current state of deaf education, Forbidden Signs will benefit historians and those interested in the study of gesture and human movement, disability, sign language, and the American deaf community
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baynton, Douglas C
Dewey number
419
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV2471
LC item number
.B39 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Deaf
  • Sign language
  • Deaf
Label
Forbidden signs : American culture and the campaign against sign language, Douglas C. Baynton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Foreigners in Their Own Land: Community -- 2. Savages and Deaf Mutes: Species and Race -- 3. Without Voices: Gender -- 4. From Refinement to Efficiency: Culture -- 5. The Natural Language of Signs: Nature -- 6. The Unnatural Language of Signs: Normality -- Epilogue: The Trap of Paternalism
Control code
34412303
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9780226039640
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96012889
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Forbidden signs : American culture and the campaign against sign language, Douglas C. Baynton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Foreigners in Their Own Land: Community -- 2. Savages and Deaf Mutes: Species and Race -- 3. Without Voices: Gender -- 4. From Refinement to Efficiency: Culture -- 5. The Natural Language of Signs: Nature -- 6. The Unnatural Language of Signs: Normality -- Epilogue: The Trap of Paternalism
Control code
34412303
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9780226039640
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96012889
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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