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Percepcja audyzmu w polskiej społeczności głuchych
Perception of Audism in Poland's Deaf Community

Author(s): Piotr Tomaszewski, Radosław Wieczorek, Piotr Karol Krzysztofiak, Joanna Kowalska
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: discrimination; audism; oppression; dehumanisation; d/Deaf

Summary/Abstract: Only a few attempts have been made to date in Poland to analyse the social situation of deaf people and to describe audism, a specific form of discrimination based on deafness. The aim of this paper is to outline the notion of audism, and to present pilot studies on the manifestations and consequences of this phenomenon. A total of 14 individuals identifying themselves with the d/Deaf community were interviewed using a standardised questionnaire. It contained 32 questions on behaviour encountered by the respondents from other d/Deaf people as well as from non-deaf people, on others’ opinions regarding deaf people as experienced by the respondents, and on their perception of themselves as deaf individuals. A qualitative approach was applied for analysing their answers. The study findings confirm that deaf people experience various forms of audism. The discussion in this paper embraces responses to the research questions posed, and describes the possible psychological and social consequences of audism for deaf people.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 26 (2-2)
  • Page Range: 109-139
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Polish