Deaf Culture Essay

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According to Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and million other things.” I think basically culture expresses the ways we live. Every region, every family and everyone has their own culture. For example, people usually call “Western Culture,” “Eastern Culture,” “Latin Culture,” or “African Culture” etc. Therefore, with Deaf people, they also have their own culture, which is Deaf Culture. Deaf culture is the set of tradition, behavior, norm, values and language. Because of that, there are might be some differences between cultures with cultures. In this …show more content…

How about norms? Norm are the behavior and cues within a society or groups and norms are also known as the rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. Individuals who fail to follow the norms of the society in which they live often kind of a negative reaction from their peers. As the values, the deaf and the hearing have different norms. As the deaf community is much more physical like tapping in the back, touching is more casually because they cannot hear if you call them, while the hearing community is much more verbal and typically is uncomfortable with frequent touch. With language, deaf people use ASL, which is American Sign Language and it is the preferred language in the deaf community. It is a visual and gestural language. Despite what many people believe, those who use ASL do not sign in English word order, nor an auditory or written language. However, ASL has its own syntax and grammar. With Behavior norm: in deaf culture, eye contact is necessary for effectively communication because in ASL facial

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