Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood
By Paddy Ladd
This masterpiece by Paddy Ladd -- Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood -- is the Bible of Deaf culture. We say this for two reasons. One, it's very long (502 pages, to be exact). Just about the entire history of Deaf culture is in here. Two, this is not an easy read. You might have to stop after ten or so pages in order to digest what you've learned.
So if you're looking for some nice bedside reading, this book isn't it. But if you want a plethora of information on Deaf culture readily available at a moment's notice, you've got to have this book.
If you're a student doing a term paper on Deaf culture, this is the very material that will slam dunk whatever points you want to make. Use this book as a reference and you've got an "A" in the bag. It's the best, most comprehensive academic book on Deaf culture we've read to date.
Last but not least, this is the very book that set off the wildly successful Deafhood workshops and debates at the 2006 NAD conference. To be in the loop and to be able to define (and defend!) the concept of Deafhood, it's highly recommended that you take the time to read this literary classic.