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"Mother Father Deaf" is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the hearing and the deaf, forever balancing the worlds of sound and silence. Paul Preston, one of these children, takes us to the place where deaf and hearing cultures meet, where families like his own embody the conflicts and resolutions of two often opposing world views. Based on 150 interviews with adult hearing children of deaf parents throughout the United States, "Mother Father Deaf" examines the process of assimilation and cultural affiliation among a population whose lives incorporate the paradox of being culturally "Deaf" yet functionally hearing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674587489
ISBN-10: 0674587480
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Preston

Paul Preston manages the recently created national Research and Training Center on Families of Adults with Disabilities, located at Through the Looking Glass, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, California. He is also Research Associate in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco.

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