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By Shlomo A. Deshen

Blind humans methods incapacity from a clean standpoint: individuals with an strange physique are conceived of relativistically as a variation of humanity, a lot the way in which anthropology methods humans of other tradition. whereas deeply empathic to its material, Blind humans increases questions that anthropologists ask mostly, yet that are as a rule kept away from in lifestyle simply because they contact on delicate concerns. in keeping with fieldwork in Israel, the publication constitutes an ethnography of blind Israelis. It begins through concentrating on intimate problems with the administration of the sightless physique, is going directly to speak about the function of the blind individual within the household environment, and strikes to problems with how the blind individual strives to achieve fabric standards. eventually, the e-book relates the best way blind humans take care of difficulties of associating with either blind and sighted humans in arenas of relaxation task and public affairs. Deshen’s ebook goals to offer a fair, dignified, absolutely human depiction, within the culture of socio-cultural anthropology.

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1 In addition to the consequences of stigmatization of disabled individuals the literature also highlights the effect of stigma for individuals who are part of the ambience of the discredited person. Such individuals, although themselves ablebodied, are prone to be subjected to "courtesy stigma" (Jones et al. 1984: 7176, and citations). Another major focus of the literature on discredited people is on the reaction to, or management of stigma, by individuals. Some of the ethnographies of physically disabling conditions mentioned in the introduction, provide vivid insight into various strategies that individuals employ.

The first is that of blind army veterans who number about one hundred men and, virtually none of whom married blind women. 7 This datum is significant and lends support to the contention that the marriage patterns of blind people follow the traditional attitudes prevailing in the Israeli family system. Blind veterans enjoy superior social and material status: their position in the marriage market (which altogether favors males) obviates the need for them to aspire to anything less than able-bodied women.

In heavy pedestrian traffic the blind person with a cane presents an obstruction to rushing sighted people who, in most instances, are unprepared for an encounter with this radically different type of pedestrian. Many blind people have had the traumatic experience of having their canes damaged by sighted pedestrians carelessly stepping on them; consequently some harbor a constant fear of such an occurrence. Not only impatient and uncouth pedestrians, but also patronizing and overly solicitous ones present hazards to the blind cane-user.

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