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Sociology of Deaf People

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

Sociology is the scientific study of the development, classification, and management of human societies, including communities, social institutions, and cultures. Regardless of the sociological theory or topic being pursued, sociologists in general embrace the sociological imagination espoused by C. Wright Mills (1959). The sociological imagination involves asking the following questions: (a) What is the structure of the particular society? (b) Where does that society stand in human history? and (c) What varieties of humans prevail in that society? It is through a sociological imagination that sociologists examine the important correlation of one’s history and biography (individual and social problems). Specifically, a sociological imagination frames one’s position in the sociohistorical timeframe of a given era so that a connection can be made to the issues faced ...

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