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Illich, Ivan 1926-2002

Works: 821 works in 2,602 publications in 13 languages and 31,157 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea  Interviews  Sources  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Creator, Redactor, Contributor
Classifications: LA210, 362.1
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Deschooling society by Ivan Illich( Book )

199 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 3,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A denounciation of present-day schooling with radical suggestions for reform
Medical nemesis : the expropriation of health by Ivan Illich( Book )

43 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The medical establishment has become a major threat to health. The disabling impact of professional control over medicine has reached the proportions of an epidemic. Iatrogenesis, the name for this new epidemic, comes from iatros, the Greek word for physician, and genesis, meaning origin. Discussion of the disease of medical progress has moved up on the agendas of medical conferences, researchers concentrate on the sick-making powers of diagnosis and therapy, and reports on paradoxical damage caused by cures for sickness take up increasing space in medical dope-sheets ... The public has been alerted to the perplexity and uncertainty of the best among its hygienic caretakers ... This book argues that panic is out of place. Thoughtful public discussion of the iatrogenic pandemic, beginning with an insistence upon demystification of all medical matters, will not be dangerous to the commonweal."--Introduction
Tools for conviviality by Ivan Illich( Book )

117 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A work of seminal importance, this book presents Ivan Illich's penetrating analysis of the industrial mode of production which characterises our contemporary world. The conviviality for which noted social philosopher Ivan Illich is arguing is one in which the individual's personal energies are under direct personal control and in which the use of tools is responsibly limited. This book claims out attention for the urgency of its appeal, the stunning clarity of its logic and the overwhelmingly human note that it sounds
Celebration of awareness : a call for institutional revolution by Ivan Illich( Book )

90 editions published between 1969 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As seen by Ivan Illich, many cherished elements of modern civilization--aid to developing nations, compulsory formal education, and others--embody artificial mystiques and structure which contribute little to the basic quality of human life. The resulting barriers of certification, class, and distinction harm the poor in particular, denying most of them joy and human dignity without really meeting their pressing physical needs. Illich has expressed his views in articles on well-meaning American aid to developing nations; implications of violent protest, the peculiar religious and cultural position of Puerto Rican Catholics in New York; the decline of the institutional Roman Catholic church in Latin America; the need for fundamental changes in the church's structure and ministry; the role of silence in cross-cultural communication; and the futility of birth control and expanded formal schooling as means of uplifting the underprivileged. (Ly)
Gender by Ivan Illich( Book )

49 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The break with the past, which has been described by others as the transition to a capitalist mode of production, I describe here as the transition from the aegis of gender to the regime of sex.' Ivan Illich insists that we survey attitudes to male and female in both industrial society and its antecedents in order to recover a lost 'art of living'. 'While under any reign of gender women might be subordinate, under any economic regime they are only second sex ... both genders are stripped, and, neutered, the man ends up on top.' He argues that only a truly radical scrutiny of scarcity, with spe
ABC : the alphabetization of the popular mind by Ivan Illich( Book )

43 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Our efforts to understand the effect that parchment and seal, ink and pen had on worldview eight hundred years ago led us to the discovery of a paradox: literacy is threatened as much by modern education as by modern communication - and yet, adverse as the side effects of compulsory literacy have been for most of our contemporaries, literacy is still the only bulwark against the dissolution of language into 'information systems'."--Back cover
Toward a history of needs by Ivan Illich( Book )

27 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and Turkish and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shadow work by Ivan Illich( Book )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eerder gehouden lezingen over onbetaald te verrichten taken die niettemin van essentiëel belang zijn voor de instandhouding van het huidige economische en industriële stelsel
Limits to medicine : medical nemesis, the expropriation of health by Ivan Illich( Book )

82 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So begins Ivan Illich's spirited and reasoned attack upon the mythic prestige of contemporary medicines, examining the customs and rituals conducted by the medical profession. Relentlessly and with full documentation taken from recognized medical sources Illich proves the impotence of medical services to change life expectancy, the insignificant of most contemporary clinical care in curing disease, the magnitude of medically inflicted damage to health, and the futility of medical and political counter-measures. Illich's deeply shocking analysis into the clinical and social reality of doctor-made illness examines the culture of health, sickness and suffering and includes an historical examination of the concept and image of death. Only by recognizing and insisting upon the essential ingredients personal health, Illich argues, can individuals recover the integrity of their bodies and lives. 'People need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition, and die. Man's consciously lived fragility; individuality and relatedness make the experience of pain, of sickness and of death an integral part of his life. The ability to cope with this trio autonomously is fundamental to his health'. -- Back cover
Disabling professions by Ivan Illich( Book )

37 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of essays challenging the power and mystery of the professions
Energy and equity by Ivan Illich( Book )

40 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schr. betoogt dat energieverbruik boven een zeker maximum niet leidt tot meer welvaart, maar tot onrechtvaardige maatschappelijke verhoudingen
After deschooling, what? by Alan Gartner( Book )

23 editions published between 1973 and 1982 in Spanish and English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume includes ten articles. In the first, "After Deschooling, What?" Ivan Illich goes beyond his argument for deschooling, to the beginning of some thoughts about what society and education might look like following it. The remaining nine articles contain the reactions of a number of serious and active educators to the Illich article. They each found the concept of deschooling useful as a framework for summarizing the problems of traditional education. But they differed on the degree to which Illich was useful and/or sensible outside the context of his critique. These articles are: "Toward a Political Economy of Education: a Radical Critique of Ivan Illich's 'Deschooling Society, '" Herbert Gintis; "All Schooled Up," Colin Greer; "Taking Illich Seriously," Sumner M. Rosen;"After Illich, What?" Judson Jerome; "The Case for Schooling America," Arthur Pearl; "Need for a Risk Quotient," Roy P. Fairfield; "And It Still Is News," Maxine Green; "My Ivan Illich Problem" Neil Postman; and, "After Deschooling, Free Learning," Ronald Gross. (Author/JM)
In the vineyard of the text : a commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon by Ivan Illich( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Vineyard, as in all of Illich's writings, the search runs through accepted certainties, whatever their times and places, questioning them for truths still valid in the formation of personal wisdom
The church, change, and development by Ivan Illich( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 1983 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition and revolution by Lionel Rubinoff( Book )

4 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The right to useful unemployment and its professional enemies by Ivan Illich( Book )

22 editions published between 1978 and 1996 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this political essay, Ivan Illich calls for the right to useful unemployment: a positive, constructive, and even optimistic concept dealing with that activity by which people are useful to themselves and others outside the production of commodities for the market
H₂O and the waters of forgetfulness : reflections on the historicity of "stuff" by Ivan Illich( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosopher and social analyst Ivan Illich, one of the most influential thinkers of second half of this century, directs his attention to water, the 'stuff' of purity and the creative force of the imagination without which life in unthinkable. He deals with the dual nature of water, as life-giving material substance and as the wellspring of form, on which are founded the most basic myths and cultural manifestations: water as cleanser, water as domestic necessity and water as a religious and spiritual force"--Provided by publisher
Education without schools by Peter Buckman( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctors on trial by John Bradshaw( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imprisoned in the global classroom by Ivan Illich( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Shadow work
Medical nemesis : the expropriation of healthTools for convivialityCelebration of awareness : a call for institutional revolutionGenderABC : the alphabetization of the popular mindShadow workLimits to medicine : medical nemesis, the expropriation of healthDisabling professions
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Ilič, Ivan

Ilič, Ivan 1926-2002

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Ilić, Ivan filozof

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Illich Ivan Denisovich

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Ivan Illich scrittore, storico e pedagogista austriaco

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Иллич И. 1926-2002

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일리치, I. D. 1926-2002

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일리치, 이반 D. 1926-2002

일리히, I. D. 1926-2002

일리히, 이반 1926-2002

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