English / Identity

Far From The Tree

In his chapter “Deaf,” Solomon explores the implication of hearing parent / deaf child otherness. Let us explore what this might mean to us. “Because of the transmission of identity from one generation to  the next, most children share at least some traits with their parents. These are vertical identities.  . . . Often, however, someone has an inherent or acquired trait that is foreign to his or her parents and must therefore acquire identity from a peer group. This is a horizontal identity” (p.2).

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