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Can it be a good thing to be deaf?

Cooper, Rachel (2007) Can it be a good thing to be deaf? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 32 (6). pp. 563-583.

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    Abstract

    Increasingly, Deaf activists claim that it can be good to be Deaf. Still, much of the hearing world remains unconvinced, and continues to think of deafness in negative terms. I examine this debate and argue that to determine whether it can be good to be deaf it is necessary to examine each claimed advantage or disadvantage of being deaf, and then to make an overall judgment regarding the net cost or benefit. On the basis of such a survey I conclude that being deaf may plausibly be a good thing for some deaf people but not for others.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Cooper, Rachel Can it be a good thing to be deaf? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2007 32 (6): 563-583 is available online at: http://jmp.oxfordjournals.org/content/32/6/563.abstract
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Deaf ; deafness ; well-being ; quality of life ; sign language
    Subjects:
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 50905
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 15:25
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 16:41
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50905

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