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Being Deaf and being other things:young Asian people and negotiating identities

Ahmad, W.I.U., Atkin, K. and Jones, L. (2002) Being Deaf and being other things:young Asian people and negotiating identities. Social Science & Medicine, 55 (10). pp. 1757-1769. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

This paper explores how Asian deaf young people negotiate identity claims against the backdrop of deaf politics, ethnicity, religion, gender and age. The paper is based on a qualitative study of Asian (mainly Pakistani Muslim) deaf young people and their parents in the UK. The findings provide little support for notions of singular or primary identities (as, for example, ‘Deaf’ people or ‘Muslims’) which may make other identity claims irrelevant. Instead, young people's identifications were multiple, complex and contingent. However, resources and structures remained important for identifications to be cultivated and gaining legitimisation.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009 15:07
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2009 15:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00308-2
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00308-2
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7525

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