Title

Predicament and Pilgrimage: Hearing Families of Deaf Children in Mexico City

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-3-2019

Subject Area

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Abstract

In this article, I trace the most salient features of Mexican families’ complex journeys as they coped with the “predicament” of childhood deafness. Framing support seeking through the theoretical lens of pilgrimage brings into focus family introspection and captures their tenacity while facing culture-specific obstacles. Ultimately, families realized their quests were not about “fixing” their children’s hearing, but finding more reliable communication in sign language. Pilgrimage, as a metaphor for the journeys described by participants, helps us understand families’ realizations that the biomedical options most commonly available in Mexico City were of limited efficacy, and reveals collective desire for alternatives to these options.

Publication Title

Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness

Volume

38

Issue

3

First Page

195

Last Page

209

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/01459740.2018.1540617

PubMed ID

30468087

ISSN

01459740

E-ISSN

15455882

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