Here's the latest article from the Deafness site at BellaOnline.com. I've always been fascinated by the way the Deaf Culture was formed.
Forming the Deaf Culture
When ideas and theories are challenged a community breaks away from the mainstream culture and, as is the case with the Deaf, a new sub-culture is formed. A culture is a “System of symbols, including language and values and the patterned way of doing things shared by a given human group.”
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