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Swarthmore College

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Program Name

Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development


Dislabeled: Mislabeled and Disabled - two words that Malagasy Deaf individuals have used in this project to describe themselves and the struggles of their community. This project explores dynamics between the mainstream Malagasy society and the marginalized Deaf community as well as the dynamics within the Deaf community of Antsirabe. I argue that mainstream stereotypes of the Deaf are manifested in the ways these individuals see themselves as well as the opportunities that society offers them. I also argue that individuals who have high proficiency in Malagasy Sign Language have wider access to public services as well as a higher degree of participation in daily life, both with other Deaf individuals as well as hearing communities.


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Inequality and Stratification | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Psychology and Interaction