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Although it is commonly believed that deafness and disability limits a person in a variety of ways, Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India describes the two as a source of value in postcolonial India. Michele Friedner argues that the experiences of deaf people offer an important portrayal of contemporary self-making and sociality under new regimes of labor and economy in India. 
 
Friedner contends that deafness actually becomes a source of value for deaf Indians as they interact with nongovernmental organizations, with employers in the global information technology sector, and with the state. In contrast to previous political economic moments, deaf Indians increasingly depend less on the state for education and employment, and instead turn to novel and sometimes surprising spaces such as NGOs, multinational corporations, multilevel marketing businesses, and churches that attract deaf congregants. They also gravitate towards each other. Their social practices may be invisible to outsiders because neither the state nor their families have recognized Indian Sign Language as legitimate, but deaf Indians collectively learn sign language, which they use among themselves, and they also learn the importance of working within the structures of their communities to maximize their opportunities.  
 
Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India analyzes how diverse deaf people become oriented toward each other and disoriented from their families and other kinship networks. More broadly, this book explores how deafness, deaf sociality, and sign language relate to contemporary society. 
 
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Naming and Translation Practices
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Deaf Turns, Deaf Orientations, and Deaf Development
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. Orienting from (Bad) Family to (Good) Friends
  2. pp. 27-52
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  1. 2. Converting to the Church of Deaf Sociality
  2. pp. 53-76
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  1. 3. Circulation as Vocation
  2. pp. 77-100
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  1. 4. Deaf Bodies, Corporate Bodies
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. 5. Enrolling Deafness in Multilevel Marketing Businesses
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Conclusion India’s Deaf Futures/Reorienting the World
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Appendix: Key Concepts from Indian Sign Language
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. References
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 197-198
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813570624
Related ISBN
9780813570617
MARC Record
OCLC
920231476
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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