Contesting Visions at a Japanese School for the Deaf

Akiko Hayashi, Joseph Tobin

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This paper tells the story of the struggle to introduce a Japanese sign language program in a school for the deaf in Japan that until recently had followed the government's approach that emphasizes oral communication. Our method and conceptual framework is ethnographic, as we emphasize the cultural beliefs that underlie the three competing positions on deaf education that are in competition at Sapporo School for the Deaf.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-396
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Japan
  • Japanese Sign Language
  • Language and cultural revitalization
  • Minority group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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