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Deafness in the Arab World: a general investigation, with Lebanon as a case study

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dc.contributor.advisor Napoli, Donna Jo Broughton II, Michael 2018-01-29T16:14:22Z 2018-01-29T16:14:22Z 2018
dc.description.abstract This investigation examines the causes and implications of deafness in the region known as the Arab world. Deafness is present in Arab countries at rates far higher than those of North America and Europe, and much of it is congenital in nature. Marriage between family members is a common cultural practice throughout the Arab world, and the resulting consanguineous reproduction is thought to be a leading genetic cause of deafness in offspring. Because deafness is so prevalent in this region, a balanced perspective on it must come from several different directions. I work toward this by exploring ethical concerns about the genetic risk associated with consanguinity, discussing the presence of Arab sign languages, and characterizing the current state of deaf Arab education. I then incorporate literature about the linguistic validity of sign languages, and the idea that deafness can be considered a community-forming identity rather than a disability. The thesis ends with a case study about Lebanon, an Arab nation whose model for addressing issues associated with deafness might be useful for the needs of other Arab countries . en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Deafness in the Arab World: a general investigation, with Lebanon as a case study en_US
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