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Deaf Gain

  • By: Joseph J. Murray
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf Gain is a term conceived and elaborated on by H-Dirksen L. Bauman and Joseph J. Murray in a series of lectures and articles on American Sign Language, International Sign, and English from 2008 onward. The concept has been adopted as a key conceptual lens in studies of deaf people and sign languages across multiple disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and cognitive sciences.

The idea of Deaf Gain reverses the traditional hierarchy of normalcy to ask how the view of deaf people and of the world might change if society stopped viewing deaf people as individuals with a hearing loss and instead looked at what contributions accrue to the world by the existence of people with a different sensory orientation. Deaf Gain is a ...

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