Eugenics and Utopia: Social Imaginaries of Technologies for Deafness

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Show simple item record Best, Alana en Howland, Corinna en Snapp, Jenny en Park, Juliet en 2014-11-24T02:49:11Z en 2013 en
dc.identifier.citation Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, 2013, 10 (2), pp. 107 - 128 en
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dc.description.abstract A community where everyone speaks Sign? A society where familial deafness condemns people to sterilisation or death? A world where sign languages are suppressed? All have been historically documented: Martha’s Vineyard from 17th-20th centuries; Germany in the 1930s-40s; internationally, for a century from 1880. These and other images comprise divergent social imaginaries which are a context for current and future technologies for deafness. These technologies include postnatal genetic and aural testing for deafness, and may in future include prenatal testing. Cochlear implants can enable profoundly deaf people to hear and newborn hearing screening has recently been introduced in New Zealand. Sign language is another technology whereby deaf people can communicate, create poetry and drama and tell jokes; yet its fortunes have fluctuated over time with oralism’s dominance. Our article draws on two small ethnographic studies in Auckland: one with two families with hereditary deafness; the other with two families and one young adult who had recently chosen cochlear implants, to suggest that individual and societal moral reasoning on the contested issues of technologies for deafness is embedded in different social imaginaries of normalcy. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies en
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dc.title Eugenics and Utopia: Social Imaginaries of Technologies for Deafness en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.11157/sites-vol10iss2id233 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 107 en
pubs.volume 10 en
pubs.end-page 128 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 430292 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1179-0237 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-11-24 en

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