Managing Their Own Affairs

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Managing Their Own Affairs explore how Deaf organizations and institutions were forged in Australia during the early 20th century. During this period. Deaf people challenged the authority of the dominant welfare organizations, or Deaf Societies, which were largely controlled by hearing people and run as charitable institutions. Breda Carty comprehensively documents the growth of the Australian Deaf community and Australian Deaf organizations for the first time. She focuses on both the political developments of the early 20th century and on the nature of the relationships between deaf and hearing people.

During this, Deaf Australians aspired to manage their own affairs. They enjoyed some success by establishing ‘breakaways’ from Deaf Societies, and they also established an indpendant national organization, which was contested and ultimately suppressed by the Deaf Societies. These developments were influenced by wider social movements in Australian socitey, such as the mobilization of minority groups in their push for autonomy and equal rights. Althought most of the breakaway Deaf organizations did not survive beyond the 1930s, they significanlty affected  the power structures and relationships between deaf and hearing people in Australia. The Australian Deaf community’s attempts to organize independently during these years have been largely erased from collective memory, making Carty’s examination a particularly important and necessary addition to the historical literature.


Important information: when you have bought this book, your name and your contact details will be put on the list (your information is confidential) to receive it in Auslan version (being created at the moment). When the Auslan version is ready to be distributed, you will receive a launch invitation with Breda Carty by email.


Publisher : Gallaudet University Press, US., 1st edition (9 March 2018) 

Hardcover : 368 pages 

Weight: 550, 15.5cm x 23 cm x 2.5cm

Categories, Tag: SKU:BOO-094

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Weight0.650 kg
Dimensions26.5 × 38 × 3 cm
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