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Sight UnseenGender and Race Through Blind Eyes$
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Ellyn Kaschak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172905

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.001.0001

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

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Sight Unseen

Ellyn Kaschak

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the complex language of sight as observed during one of the author's so-called “blind date” with the subject from the previous chapter. Careful study informs the actions of the blind, even as they develop their own second language in order to interact with the “sighted” world around them. Within this realm of blindness, the multiple meanings of gender and of race from another perspective come to the fore—herein sight becomes much more than just a language, although it is that; it is also a system of knowledge as complex as spoken language and developmentally preceding it.

Keywords:   language, sight, blind dates, gender, race, blindness, second language

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