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Making of Blind Men: A Study of Adult Socialization
The disability of blindness is a learned social role. The various attitudes and patterns of behavior that characterize people who are blind are not inherent in their condition but, rather, are acquired through ordinary processes of social learning. The Making of Blind Men is intended as a systematic and integrated overview of the blindness problem in America. Dr. Scott chr ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Taylor & Francis
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This book is of personal interest to me since I am visually impaired, and is also interesting from a historical perspective. Scott's methods and interpretations of data are less than ideal from a modern social science perspective, butthe book is pretty impressive given the very limited data at Scott's disposal. A lot of what he says about how blind people are shaped by their interactions with other people, stereotypes, and their environment is pretty common knowledge nowadays, but I can imagine ...more
This isn’t the best read, as it gets a bit too much into technical details and method. However, the work and the message is powerful. It’s an eye opening book that demonstrates how we teach people to underestimate themselves, and incentivize helplessness. It was formative in my own work on understanding the social role of the addict.
Interesting study on how organizations for the blind psychologically shape the identity of blind people in order to either help them achieve independence or perpetuate their own existence. Some of the elements of the study are now outdated (i.e. sheltered workshops).