Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

Much can be learned about a group of people and the power structure of their society by studying the process of change and its impact on the greater society. My first experience with attempting to alter the status quo occurred when I was thirteen years old. My classmates and I arrived at the conclusion that we ...

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1 Introduction

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pp. 1-18

Electricity filled the air on March 6, 1988, as large crowds flocked to the auditorium at Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts university for Deaf students, to await the announcement of the name of Gallaudet's first Deaf president. The Deaf community2 had worked feverishly for this moment. ...

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2 A History of the Deaf Community in America

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pp. 19-36

A study of the Deaf social movement presumes the existence of a community of Deaf people. A number of questions then arise: How did such a community come into being? What factors played a part in its evolution? What is the pattern of life for such a community? What are the ingredients that foster the ...

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3 The Struggle Begins

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pp. 37-65

The contemporary social movement of Deaf people in America has its roots in the historical struggles between the dominant society and Deaf people. So pervasive are the ideological struggles between the dominant culture and the Deaf community that the issues that marked the early Deaf movement ...

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4 The Political Forces of the 1960s and 1970s

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pp. 67-98

The early years of the Deaf social movement brought out ideological tensions: the dominant society sought first to segregate Deaf people from society, then to integrate them into the mainstream. The impact of dominant discourses was evident in the reign of oral domination in the education of Deaf people for ...

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5 The Deaf President Now Protest

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pp. 99-135

The era of the 1960s and 1970s saw the Deaf social movement move toward constituting the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural group with a distinct identity. The separatist rhetoric that marked the changing consciousness of the Deaf social movement during that period paved the way to a strengthened "can do" rhetoric. Accordingly, the Deaf social movement ...

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6 Seeking a Diversified America

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pp. 137-162

The Gallaudet protest phase of the Deaf social movement typified what Stewart, Smith, and Denton characterize as the "enthusiastic mobilization" stage (1989, 25). During this stage, optimism among movement participants climaxes. Social movements, however, cannot remain in the enthusiastic mobilization stage for long periods of time because of the high level of ...

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7 Conclusion

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pp. 163-174

This book began as an examination of the Deaf social movement's rhetorical strategies to shape empowerment of its cultural identity. Such a study brings a new understanding of the role social movements play in the empowerment of not only the Deaf community, but of other marginalized groups as well. The ...

References

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pp. 175-191

Index

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pp. 193-197