Through Paddens essay we can see the broad cultural sh in the Deaf world and a

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to the new social realities.” Through Padden’s essay we can see the broad cultural shift in the Deaf world and a new dispersal of Deaf cultural life, where attachment to place is temporary and nomadic. This problem of a physical place is now a question of shifting borders in a postmodern world. Brenda Brueggemann’s essay, “Think-Between: A Deaf Studies Commonplace Book,” extends Padden’s discussion of the relation of place and identity, only she en- gages in a very different type of “place” — that is, the metaphorical notion of the place between allegedly fixed identities. The “Think-Between” in her title plays off of the ASL sign think-hearing in which the handshape and movement of the sign hearing is placed not on the mouth, but on the forehead, denoting a deaf person who thinks in the manner of one who hears — that is, who prefers to speak, use the phone, and take advantage of hearing ways. Brueggemann suggests that the binary thinking inherent in Deaf Studies rhetoric — that one is either hearing or deaf — would be enriched by explor- ing the space between the two. “What I am suggesting,” Brueggemann writes, “is that we might begin in Deaf Studies to push beyond the mere recitation of the ‘d/Deaf’ pledge in our footnotes and to explore, instead, all the rhetorical situations that arise from the d/D distinctions, that bring the distinctions to bear, and that, most importantly, keep shifting them like an identity kaleidoscope in our own hands.” In her “commonplace book” Brueggemann notes a series of rhetorical situations in which it would behoove Deaf Studies to “think between” the rhetorical positions of Deaf and hearing. Robert Hoffmeister’s chapter, “Border Crossings by Hearing Children of Deaf Par- ents: The Lost History of Codas,” explores just such a “between” space described by Brueggemann. Children of Deaf parents grow up straddling a myriad of borders, as they are often culturally Deaf but physiologically hearing, creating the odd circumstance in <i>Open Your Eyes : Deaf Studies Talking</i>, edited by H-Dirksen L. Bauman, University of Minnesota Press, 2007. ProQuest Ebook Central, . Created from washington on 2019-09-21 14:41:03. Copyright © 2007. University of Minnesota Press. All rights reserved.
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23 I N T R O D U C T I O N which they may be “more Deaf” than some people who cannot hear at all. Hoffmeister examines the multifaceted situation of Codas whose identities are created along a con- stant negotiation of physiological and cultural borders. The insights into the particular positionalities of Codas offer a new set of angles from which to view Deaf and hearing cultural and political lives. Taken together, these three chapters illustrate the complexities involved in the Deaf world in its search for a place and in defense of an identity they are frequently taught to disavow. Yet the act of drawing boundaries is no simple task and perhaps in this dif- ficulty we gain insights into the complexities of identity formation.
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