Deafness, community and culture in Britain

Leisure and cohesion, 1945-95

By Martin Atherton

Deafness, community and culture in Britain


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9978-6
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: February 2016
  • BIC Category: History of Medicine, History, Social & cultural history, Disability: social aspects, MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / Social History, History of medicine, SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities, Society & social sciences / Disability: social aspects, Medicine / History of medicine, Modern History
  • Series: Disability History


Setting a case study of deaf people's leisure practices in north-west England within a wider examination of communal deaf leisure across Britain, this book offers new insights into a misunderstood and misrepresented community.

Available for the first time in paperback, the book provides a detailed analysis of deaf people's leisure during the second half of the twentieth century, which questions perceptions of deafness as a disability, investigates the importance of shared leisure in community formation more generally and examines the ways in which changing patterns of socialisation are affecting British society. Although focusing on the British deaf community, the concepts and principles explored in this book can be applied across a wide range of social, cultural and ethnic groups.

This book draws upon a wide range of subject areas and will consequently be of interest to students and academics working in the fields of disability, history, community and cultural minority studies, sport, leisure and regional studies.


'Although the focus of Deafness, Community and Culture in Britain is on deaf communities, clubs and leisure pursuits, the book's thorough account of the diverse issues involved in community identity and the development of clubs and the impact of modern digital communication will be of interest to those engaged with social and cultural history, disability studies and the provision of community services more widely. The contextualisation of the results from quantitative analysis of the data from deaf newspapers provides an alternative perspective for examining hearing-related difficulties and interventions.'
Bonnie Millar, Disability and Society Vol 32, 2017 - Issue 3

'This work is certainly a conversation starter and is a welcome addition to the field of deaf history.'
H-Net Reviews


1. Introduction
2. Defining the deaf community and deaf culture in Britain
3. The development of deaf clubs in Britain
4. Sustaining communities through shared leisure and sport
5. British Deaf News: a window on the deaf world
6. Communal deaf leisure in post-war Britain
7. Leisure and sport in north-west England since 1945
8. The leisure lives of deaf people in north-west England, 1945-95
9. Leisure in the deaf community: more than just passing the time
Select bibliography


Martin Atherton is Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies at the University of Central Lancashire

Deafness, community and culture in Britain

By Martin Atherton

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