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Dysconscious Audism

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

Dysconscious audism is the acceptance of dominant hearing norms, privileges, and cultural values by deaf individuals, and the subsequent perception of hearing society as being more appropriate than Deaf society. It is considered dysconscious because individuals who manifest dysconscious audist behavior and beliefs have an awareness of the oppression facing them and other deaf individuals. In spite of this awareness, they still have not fully rejected all forms of that oppression and have not developed their own deaf consciousness and identity to its maximum potential.

Factors Contributing to Dysconscious Audism

Several factors contribute to the manifestation of dysconscious audism in deaf people. These include the power of the dominant majority, the acceptance of a pathological perspective of deafness, limited access to resources for the full development of ...

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