Citizenship and sign bilingualism: '⋯ There is nothing wrong with being bilingual ⋯ it's a positive and fantastic thing!'

Steven D. Emery

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Abstract

The issue of the education of deaf children is addressed in relation to citizenship and sign bilingualism. Citizenship is a contested concept and those who advocate a sign bilingual approach use the discourse of citizenship when arguing for the value of their method, but so too do other approaches. The sign bilingual approach may benefit from a deeper exposition of the ways in which the concept of citizenship is being shaped, particularly by revealing the phonocentric nature of citizenship and the non-statist values of sign bilingualism. Citizenship, however, does not inevitably have to be phonocentric; sign bilingualism can draw on the concept of social justice to pursue the case for a holistic approach to the education of deaf children. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-186
Number of pages14
JournalDeafness and Education International
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Education
  • Phonocentrism
  • Sign bilingual
  • Statist

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