The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community

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The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community

The Mask of Benevolence Disabling the Deaf Community A look at the gulf that separates the deaf minority from the hearing world this book sheds light on the mistreatment of the deaf community by a hearing establishment that resists understanding and aw

  • Title: The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community
  • Author: Harlan Lane
  • ISBN: 9781581210095
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • A look at the gulf that separates the deaf minority from the hearing world, this book sheds light on the mistreatment of the deaf community by a hearing establishment that resists understanding and awareness Critically acclaimed as a breakthrough when it was first published in 1992, this new edition includes information on the science and ethics of childhood cochlear implA look at the gulf that separates the deaf minority from the hearing world, this book sheds light on the mistreatment of the deaf community by a hearing establishment that resists understanding and awareness Critically acclaimed as a breakthrough when it was first published in 1992, this new edition includes information on the science and ethics of childhood cochlear implants An indictment of the ways in which experts in the scientific, medical, and educational establishment purport to serve the deaf, this book describes how they, in fact, do them great harm.

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    1. Ageena on said:

      Monolinguistic oppression, eugenics, the horrible state of deaf education in this country, coupled with what I already knew and the completely lopsided information we received from the medical people when we found out John was severely hard of hearing and this book made me angry, determined and then damn determined that John will know and grow and learn and enjoy both Deaf culture, his beautiful language of ASL and learn English too. If you ever wondered why the Deaf are one of the least churche [...]

    2. Marisa on said:

      I have very mixed feelings about this book. It was jam packed with information, and I think Lane does a phenomenal job of covering all of the issues facing the Deaf community today. That being said, I do not think this is a successful book for those who have no prior knowledge of Deaf history and issues. Lane is very harsh on the hearing world, to the point that I think he risks alienating his hearing audience and making them defensive and thus non-receptive to the ideas he's presenting. As a st [...]

    3. Amanda G. Stevens on said:

      I read this book as part of an ASL class in college. First published in 1992 (and therefore I'm sure dated in its approach to the issues it tackles), it is meticulously researched, well organized, logical, and passionate in its defense of ASL as an oppressed language minority.One could certainly argue that Dr. Lane short-changes his opponents by not really addressing their arguments on the benefits of mainstreaming Deaf children, but the purpose of this book is not to present both sides of the i [...]

    4. Kelly on said:

      After reading this, I felt two things: 1) this wasn't really telling me anything new as a Deaf person2) wow! really anti-hearing people perspective.I think this would be an okay book to read if you're new to the Deaf world and aren't sure why things should be different. However, as someone already affiliated with it, I'm not feeling too hot about this book.

    5. Laurie on said:

      Life-changing, eye opener. Compelling. Read it twice, appreciated it even more the second time around. One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. For further exploration I recommend Dr. Lane's other books, notably, When the Mind Hears.

    6. Alyssa on said:

      THis is an amazing book that really helps to give you a great perspective on what it must be like to be deaf, and how "normal" people would treat you. It is a great look into Cochelear Implants and how they are detrimental to some, and helpful to others. I think that everyone should read this book.

    7. AJW on said:

      [I read the older 1992 edition.]It's very helpful read for people who don't realise that the Deaf have a very "different centre" for their values, experiences and expectations from hearing people. So many sincere hearing people with good intentions actually make it worse because they're using a "different centre" - imposing their own cultural values and perspectives onto Deaf people.

    8. Alison on said:

      Just as good as last time. An evocative look at the underpinnings of what it means to be culturally (or "big D") Deaf, discrimination and oppression from the larger hearing majority under the guise of benevolence, and a validation of Deaf culture. Can't wait to discuss this with my advanced level sign students.

    9. Loz Cook on said:

      Clear and concise. Very interesting. Brings to your attention what sounds like madness but has actually gone on and is going on in the deaf culture and community.Taught a 1 and a half hour presentation in sign on chapter 2.

    10. Ashley on said:

      Despite its academic style that may be difficult for some people but I am educated to understand this and it is well written and researched. Very powerful with an impact for both Deafs and hearings alike. Don't be afraid to read it again and again to truly understand this eye-opening book!

    11. James on said:

      A good book that helps to disgrace and/or 'lay it straight' about people who think they are 'helping' the deaf when in fact they are hurting the people they are supposed to serve.

    12. Annette on said:

      The book was slightly biased with things not explained fully, but it does give great light to the plight of the Deaf.

    13. Christina Lewis on said:

      Dry and boring writing, very one sided, and a little hypocritical. There are way better Deaf culture books out there. I wouldn't want to read another Harlan Lane book again if I didn't have to.

    14. Stefany Boleyn on said:

      Read for a linguistics class. Really interesting look into the history of Deaf culture in the US.

    15. Ben on said:

      Another fantastic one by Lane, lays it out for you, no prisoners, no whitewashing. Makes you think and realize. Not as easy a read as When the Mind Hears, less story, but still great.

    16. Bamilburn on said:

      This book changed my life and helped me gain a Deaf (capital D) identity. I'm no longer a bitter, jaundiced dude, thanks to this gem :)

    17. Sarah Jones on said:

      On of the best books for insight into the Deaf Community. I bought this book for a college course, but I kept it rather than selling it back to the bookstore. It is a fantastic read.

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