Meaning: The fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
(Emerging ASL sign) the set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group. E.g. Deaf identity.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
"In psychology, sociology, and anthropology, identity is a person's conception and expression of their own (self-identity) and others' individuality or group affiliations (such as national identity and cultural identity)."
Depriving sign language from deaf baby/child/person and normalizing them into a hearing-like status may harm a deaf person's identity and self-acceptance.
Bilingual-bicultural orientation toward Deaf community and hearing society is the healthiest identity and well-being of Deaf people, according to studies.
"...higher self-esteem associated with a bicultural identity" reported in Glickman and McCaw (1996).
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