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Deaf education and underlying structures of power in communication

Komesaroff, Linda 2003, Deaf education and underlying structures of power in communication, Australian journal of communication, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 43-59.

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Title Deaf education and underlying structures of power in communication
Author(s) Komesaroff, Linda
Journal name Australian journal of communication
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 43
End page 59
Publisher Communication Institute for the Australian Communication Association
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0811-6202
Summary This article argues that claims of diversity in communication in deaf education are empty rhetoric when underlying structures of power are unexamined and remain unchanged. The field of deafness provides a powerful example of the way in which competing interests can be played out under the guise of choice of communication methods. Historically, teachers of the deaf have been divided about whether deaf children should be educated through speech or sign. However, recognition of the legitimacy of native sign languages has caused a shift in the debate to the linguistic basis of this communication and the way in which language policy privileges one cultural group and its method of communication over another.
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002091

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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