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The Light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India / Francis Cody.

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Subject: Arivoḷi (Organization : Tamil Nadu, India)
Arivoḷi (Organization : Tamil Nadu, India)
Literacy programs > India > Tamil Nadu.
Literacy > Political aspects > India > Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu (India) > Rural conditions.
Ebooks -- UML.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0801469023
  • ISBN: 9780801469022
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : of light, literacy, and knowledge in the Tamil countryside -- On being a "thumbprint" : time and space in Arivoli activism -- Feminizing enlightenment : the social and reciprocal agency -- Labors of objectification : words and worlds of pedagogy -- Search for a method : the media of enlightenment -- Subject to citizenship : petitions and the performativity of signature -- Epilogue : reflections on a time of charismatic enlightenment.
Summary: Cowinner of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology's Edward Sapir Book Prize Since the early 1990s hundreds of thousands of Tamil villagers in southern India have participated in literacy lessons and other events designed to transform them into active citizens with access to state power. These efforts are part of a movement known as the Arivoli Iyakkam (the Enlightenment Movement), one of the most successful mass literacy movements in recent history. This rich ethnographic account of highlights the paradoxes inherent in such movements that seek to emancipate people through literacy.
Information Relating to Copyright Status: This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode
This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode
Language Note: In English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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