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In ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind philosopher and cultural analyst Ivan Illich and medieval scholar and literary critic Barry Sanders have produced an original, meticulous and provocative study of the advent, spread and present decline of literacy. They explore the impact of the alphabet on fundamental thought processes and attitudes, on memory, on political groupings and religious and cultural expectations. They examine the present erosion of literacy in the new technological languages of 'newspeak' and 'uniquack' and they point out how new attitudes to language are altering our world view; our sense of self and of community.

Published: Oct 27, 2000


Section Chapter Authors
Preface
Preface Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part I
Words and History Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part II
Memory Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part III
Text Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part IV
Translation and Language Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part V
The Self Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part VI
Untruth and Narration Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Part VII
From Taught Mother Tongue to Newspeak and Uniquack Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders
Postscript
Silence and the We Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders

Reviews

Cogent explanation of how writing gives knowledge a longer life than oral culture.
Los Angeles Times