The Mask of Benevolence; Disabling the Deaf Community

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: DawnSignPress

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A piercing look at the gulf that separates the Deaf minority from the hearing world, this passionate classic is essential reading for people who want to understand the gap between these two cultures. Critically acclaimed as a breakthrough when first published, the issues brilliantly brought to the fore by The Mask of Benevolence are still deeply relevant. This edition, with new information on the science and ethics of cochlear implants, sheds a forceful light on the mistreatment of the Deaf minority by a hearing establishment that resists understanding and awareness.

Author Biography

Harlan Lane is recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and of the World Federation of the Deaf International Social Merit Award. He is the author of When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf, The Wild Boy of Aveyron, and Journey into the Deaf World. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Representations of Deaf People: The Infirmity and Cultural Models
A Different Centerp. 3
Hearing Representations of Deaf Peoplep. 6
The Infirmity and Cultural Models of Deaf Peoplep. 13
Representations of Deaf People: Colonialism, "Audism," and the "Psychology of the Deaf"
The Colonization of African and Deaf Communitiesp. 31
The Paternalism Indictmentp. 39
Audist "Psychology of the Deaf"p. 50
Representations of Deaf People: Power, Politics, and the Dependency Duet
Representation and Powerp. 69
The Role of the Oppressedp. 88
Language Bigotry and Deaf Communities
The Oppression of American Sign Languagep. 103
Language in Another Modep. 120
The Education of Deaf Children: Drowning in the Mainstream and the Sidestream
The Failure of Deaf Educationp. 129
Deaf People Without a Deaf Communityp. 143
The Parents' Ordealp. 154
Bilingual Education and Deaf Power
For Progress, a Return to Deaf-Centered Educationp. 165
The Politics of Deaf Educationp. 185
After the Revolutionp. 191
Bio-Power Versus the Deaf Child
Oralism's Ultimate Recoursep. 203
Heroic Treatments in Historical Perspectivep. 212
The Risks and Limitations of Childhood Cochlear Implantsp. 216
What the FDA Did Wrongp. 230
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 297
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