3rd Edition

Deaf People and Society Psychological, Sociological, and Educational Perspectives

    386 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    386 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Deaf People and Society is an authoritative text that emphasizes the complexities of being D/deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf-Disabled, or hard of hearing, drawing on perspectives from psychology, education, and sociology. This book also explores how the lives of these individuals are impacted by decisions made by professionals in clinics, schools, or other settings.

    This new edition offers insights on areas critical to Deaf Studies and Disability Studies, with particular emphasis on multiculturalism and multilingualism, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Accessibly written, the chapters include objectives and suggested further reading that provides valuable leads and context. Additionally, these chapters have been thoroughly revised and incorporate a range of relevant topics including etiologies of deafness; cognition and communication; bilingual, bimodal, and monolingual approaches to language learning; childhood psychological issues; psychological and sociological viewpoints of deaf adults; the criminal justice system and deaf people; psychodynamics of interaction between deaf and hearing people; and future trends. The book also includes case studies covering hearing children of deaf adults, a young deaf adult with mental illness, and more.

    Written by a seasoned D/deaf/hard of hearing  and hearing bilingual team, this unique text continues to be the go-to resource for students and future professionals interested in working with D/deaf, DeafBlind, and hard-of-hearing persons. Its contents will resonate with anyone interested in serving and enhancing their knowledge of their lived experiences of D/deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf-Disabled, and hard-of-hearing people and communities.



    1. Historical Perspectives of Deaf People and Psychology
    2. Deaf Communities: Diverse Entities
    3. How It All Begins
    4. Cognition, Language, and the Mind
    5. Educational Aspects of Deaf Education
    6. Language Learning and Language Teaching Approaches
    7. Psychological Issues in Childhood
    8. Deaf Adults: Viewpoints from Psychology
    9. Deaf Adults: Viewpoints from Sociology
    10. The Deaf Defendant: Communication, Language, and Legal Considerations
    11. Deaf-Hearing Relationships in Context
    12. From Now to the Future

    Case Studies




    Irene W. Leigh, a Deaf psychologist, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Gallaudet University, USA, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has an extensive record of research, publications, and presentations covering how the areas of depression, psychosocial issues, parenting, cochlear implants, and identity shape the lives of deaf persons.

    Jean F. Andrews is a Professor Emerita of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA. She has a record of research, grants, publications, and presentations covering areas of bilingualism and language and literacy development across the lifespan, including in international deaf communities. Jean has also authored children’s books.

    Cara A. Miller is a deaf/hard-of-hearing Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Gallaudet University, USA, as well as a licensed psychologist in private practice. Her research, teaching, and clinical foci include trauma healing; grief and bereavement; human-animal interaction; gender and sexuality; and deafness, identity, and disability.

    Ju-Lee A. Wolsey is a Deaf Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Towson University, USA. Her research, publications, and presentations focus on critical issues that impact the lives of diverse D/deaf, DeafBlind, and hard-of-hearing children and adults, such as access, advocacy, resiliency, and mentorship.

    This book is a gem! Meticulously written by an impressive team of Deaf and hearing co-authors, it’s an invaluable textbook for all who aspire to broaden their knowledge and understanding of a unique and fascinating community of people. - Glenn B. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA

    This is one of my favorite "kaleidoscopes" of deaf children, youth and adults – presenting lots of information and making it one of the best textbooks for college students and a wonderful resource for every teacher and professional working with deaf people. The details in the new edition are rich with much depth, providing great insights and also a foundation for anyone teaching and working with the deaf community. - Paul W. Ogden, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fresno, and Founder of The Silent Garden, USA