By Annelies Kusters
Deaf area in Adamorobe unearths one instance of the massive version in shared signing groups relating to premiums of signal language talent and use, deaf people’s marriage charges, deaf people’s participation in village economies and politics, and the position of deaf schooling. Kusters describes areas produced by way of either deaf and listening to humans as a cohesive neighborhood the place dwelling jointly is an crucial truth in their sociocultural environments. while, Kusters identifies pressure issues among deaf and listening to views and likewise among outdoors views and discourses that originated in the neighborhood. due to those transformations and the fairly excessive variety of deaf humans in the neighborhood, Kusters concludes it truly is traditional that they shape deaf areas in the shared area of the village community.
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I begin setting the scene in chapter 2, offering information on Adamorobe’s geographical situation and its social, historical, political, economic, and religious life. I also describe what is known about the historical presence of deaf people in this village, the causes of their being deaf, demographic facts about them, and some features of AdaSL. Chapter 3 starts with a narration of a morning in a compound house, in order to shine light on everyday deaf–hearing interactions. I illustrate which social contexts were (made) accessible for deaf people and which were not and include reflections of hearing people on AdaSL and on their interactions with deaf people, which they contrasted with life outside the village.
The signs for the concepts “woman/girl/mother,” the concepts “boy/man/father,” and the concepts “marriage/relationship” were in each case one and the same sign. In addition, the sign SAME was used for the terms “sibling/relative/clan/friend” and for other ways of having something in common (such as being deaf or being a woman). Thus, it was no easy task to unravel the family ties and other interpersonal relationships in Adamorobe when using AdaSL, and I kept on questioning deaf people in order to clarify these relationships, such as asking who had the same mother and who was the firstborn in a family, and who were friends rather than sisters, cousins, or clan-related.
These terms are particularly inappropriate when used with regard to shared signing communities, where oralist or other divisive ideologies and practices have apparently not had significant influence (yet). Therefore, these communities are splendid examples of the shortcomings of the separate “Deaf worlds” or “Deaf cultures” paradigm in framing how deaf people experience and describe relationships with deaf and hearing people. 35 However, like Gulliver, I suggest that deaf spaces are not produced in the first place because of these negative experiences, even though these experiences are internalized in how deaf spaces are produced, experienced, described, and depicted.
Deaf Space in Adamorobe: An Ethnographic Study in a Village in Ghana by Annelies Kusters