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The labyrinths of literacy : reflections on literacy past and present

Author: Harvey J Graff
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©1995.
Series: Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and expanded edView all editions and formats
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"This book is a compelling collection of essays by one of the pioneers of revisionist approaches to the history of literacy in North America and Europe. It offers original and controversial views on the relation of literacy to society, leading the way for scholars and citizens who are willing to question the importance and function of literacy in the development of society today."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey J Graff
ISBN: 0822955628 9780822955627 1850001642 9781850001645
OCLC Number: 31938075
Description: xxxiii, 349 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Shirley Brice Heath --
1. Reflections on the History of Literacy: Overview, Critique, and Proposals --
2. Literacy Past and Present: Critical Approaches in the Literacy/Society Relationship --
3. Literacy and Social Development in North America: On Ideology and History --
4. Exaggerated Estimates of Reading and Writing as Means of Education (1867) / W. B. Hodgson --
5. Critical Literacy Versus Cultural Literacy: Reading Signs of the Times? --
6. Literacy, Education, and Fertility, Past and Present: A Critical Review --
7. On Literacy in the Renaissance: Review and Reflections --
8. Literacy in History: Review Essay --
9. Respected and Profitable Labour: Literacy, Jobs, and the Working Class in the Nineteenth Century --
10. "Pauperism, Misery, and Vice": Illiteracy and Criminality in the Nineteenth Century --
11. Literacy in Literature and in Life: An Early Twentieth-Century Example --
12. Literacy, Libraries, Lives: New Social and Cultural Histories --
13. On Literacy: Review Essay (1983) --
14. National Literacy Campaigns in Historical and Comparative Perspective / Robert F. Arnove --
15. Whither the History of Literacy? The Future of the Past --
16. Literacy, Myths, and Legacies: Lessons from the History of Literacy.
Series Title: Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture.
Responsibility: Harvey J. Graff.

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