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  • Formaat: Hardback, 176 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 229x152x15 mm, kaal: 318 g, illustrations
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Jun-2016
  • Kirjastus: Gallaudet University Press,U.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1563686643
  • ISBN-13: 9781563686641
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  • Formaat: Hardback, 176 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 229x152x15 mm, kaal: 318 g, illustrations
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Jun-2016
  • Kirjastus: Gallaudet University Press,U.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1563686643
  • ISBN-13: 9781563686641
The author, a linguistic anthropologist, made numerous trips to Nepal between 1997 and 2006, living in the country for months at a time. She studied Nepali Sign Language (NSL) as a collection of overlapping but diverse practices, whereby recognition, belonging, and distinction within and across a DEAF social category are indexically produced. The book seeks to show how both personas and larger social formations like ethno-linguistic identity (e.g., DEAF), or nationality (e.g., Nepali) affect and emerge from interactive language use, while closely attending to rather than erasing all the rich variation that entails. She analyzes how these processes are mediated by participants’ ideological understandings of the relationship between the linguistic and the social, which sometimes treats that variation as a problem and sometimes as a resource.


While many deaf organizations around the world have adopted an ethno-linguistic framing of deafness, the meanings and consequences of this perspective vary across cultural contexts. Relatively little scholarship exists that explores this framework from an anthropological perspective, and none has specifically addressed a South Asian context.

       In this book, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway presents an accessible examination of deafness in Nepal. As a linguistic anthropologist, she describes the emergence of Nepali Sign Language and deaf sociality in the social and historical context of Nepal during the last decades before the Hindu Kingdom became a secular republic. She then shows how the adoption of an ethno-linguistic model interacted with the ritual pollution model, or the prior notion that deafness results from bad karma. Her focus is on the impact of these competing and co-existing understandings of deafness on three groups: signers who adopted deafness as an ethnic identity, homesigners whose ability to adopt that identity is hindered by their difficulties in acquiring Nepali Sign Language, and hearing Nepalis who interact with Deaf signers. Comparing these contexts demonstrates that both the ethno-linguistic model and the ritual pollution model, its seeming foil, draw on the same basic premise: that both persons and larger social formations are mutually constituted through interaction. Signing and Belonging in Nepal is an ethnography that studies a rich and unique Deaf culture while also contributing to larger discussions about social reproduction and social change.
Acknowledgments vii
A Note on Transliteration, Pronunciation, and Transcription xi
1 "I See That You Are Deaf"
1(18)
2 Historical and Cultural Context
19(21)
3 "My Mother Doesn't Look Like That": Nepali Sign Language as Mother Tongue
40(25)
4 "Here in Nepal There Are No Old Deaf People": Homesigners, Copying, and Competence
65(24)
5 "Action Speaks": Producing Bikasi Hearing People in the Bakery Cafe
89(20)
6 Deaf in a "New Nepal"
109(8)
Afterword 117(2)
Bibliography 119(10)
Index 129
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway is an associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at Oberlin College.

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