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February 22, 1995

Mother Father Deaf: Living Between Sound and Silence

Author Affiliations

National Technical Institute for the Deaf Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY


by Paul Preston, 278 pp, $24.95, ISBN 0-674-58747-2, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(8):677. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520320087053

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What would you be like if you had been born and raised in a family disqualified from full membership in society? What would you be like if your grandparents saw your mother or father as their broken child? What would you be like if you learned when you grew up that you could never really belong to the social world in which you were raised? Is this the stuff of TV psychodrama? No, it is the social reality of a person caught on the margin between two cultures. It is the social reality of hearing children born to deaf parents.

Paul Preston has written a scholarly and enjoyable ethnographic study based upon in-depth interviews with a broad, randomly selected cross-section of 150 hearing people with deaf parents in 24 states. Dr Preston is a medical anthropologist with appropriate concerns for research methods and a splendid command of the diverse applicable

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