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Theorising the Deaf Body: Using Lefebvre and Bourdieu to Understand Deaf Spatial Experience

O'Brien, Dai ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4529-7568 (2021) Theorising the Deaf Body: Using Lefebvre and Bourdieu to Understand Deaf Spatial Experience. Cultural geographies.

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Abstract

In the field of Deaf Geographies, one neglected area is that of the individual deaf body and how individual deaf bodies can produce deaf space in isolation from one another. Much of the work published in the field talks about collectively or socially produced deaf spaces through interaction between two or more deaf people. However, with deaf children increasingly being educated in mainstream schools with individual provisions, and the old social networks and institutions of deaf communities coming under threat by the closure of deaf clubs and changing work practices, more research on the way in which individuals can produce their own deaf spaces and navigate those spaces is needed. In this paper, I outline two possible theoretical approaches, that of Lefebvre’s productive gestures to produce social space, and Bourdieu’s habitus, capital and hexis. I suggest that these theories can be productively utilised to better understand the individual basis of the production of deaf spaces.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/14744740211003632
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4991

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