Colonialism of the hearing society

"The attempt by one society to colonize another through seeking to remove or minimize its language and culture." -- Paddy Ladd.

Examples: implanting a deaf child with a cochlear implant regardless of its risks on the lingual, psychological, and physical levels; forbidding the use of a language in visual-spatial modality; prioritizing speech (English) over signing (ASL); praising or admiring cochlear implants yet demonstrating either "neutral" or condescending tone toward ASL or any other (signed) languages in news discourse; using an established system of the hearing superstructure; feeding negative images of being deaf and misinformation; disregarding deaf adults' voices (expressions); normalizing a deaf child with hearing values and beliefs; aborting a baby with 'deaf' gene; sterilizing a deaf human being...

"An unequal power relationship between two of more groups in which one not only controls and rules over the other, but also endeavors to impose its culture order unto the subordinate group(s)." -- Deafhood and Genetics.

Examples: 'glass ceiling' to maintain hearing people in higher positions in educational settings in the field of education of deaf children; funding research studies on cochlear implants and related...

Further readings

"Deafhood - Brief Introduction" Deafhood and Genetics. University of Bristol: Center for Deaf Studies. Web. 26 November 2012.

Related posts: phonocentrism and sign language.