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Transculturalism, affiliation and the epistemological verities of “normative identity”: Deafness and the African diaspora


2001 2001

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Studies of identity in anthropology have recently sought to articulate a growing awareness of the multiplicity and fluidity of human identification and affiliation. This discourse addresses static frameworks that historically mire the concept of identity within an “imagined community” of uniformity, positioning group after group within a model of un-altering, ‘sameness’. Frequently lost in the re-conceptualization is the consistent archetype of the “normative” against which “groups of color” or alterity are compared/contrasted. In this project I develop a theoretical direction from which one may examine notions of identity applied to Deaf populations through ethnographic engagement with Deaf populations in the U.S. and Britain. This theoretical development is ethnographically applied to a study of Black Deaf identity and a new theory of identity that emerges. This theory specifically allows us to identify: (1) current constructions of Deaf identity predicated on White normativity. (2) the importance of Deaf institutions and organizations as collectivities of embodied agency integral in developing models of identity that reflect multiplicity or a static/hegemonic identity within which alterity is marginalized. (3) the utility of an alternate transcultural model which effectively addresses the concept of identity and its embodied complexity.

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Subject
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Affiliation, African diaspora, Deafness, Transculturalism, Whiteness
Title
Transculturalism, affiliation and the epistemological verities of “normative identity”: Deafness and the African diaspora
Author
Mazard Wallace, G. L.
Number of pages
232
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493392844, 049339284X
Advisor
Page, Enoch H.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3027228
ProQuest document ID
304700734
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304700734
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