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Is the “Deaf” experience universal?

Is the "Deaf" experience universal? How do Deaf people from different countries relate? The authors analyze experiences in Ghana and India.
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Is the “Deaf” experience universal? That is, do Deaf people in all countries share similar experiences and perceptions of deafness? More to the point: How do these perceptions affect how Deaf people from different countries relate to each other? In particular, how do Deaf people from “Northern” (high-income) countries relate to Deaf people from “Southern” (low-income) countries? The authors analyze experiences in which Deaf people from other countries visit Deaf communities in Ghana and India.

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