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Literacy and the Politics of Writing [NOOK Book]

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With the growth of modern information technology, it is time to re-examine the concept and purpose of writing, and question the long cherished idea that the alphabet stands at the apex of a hierarchy towards which all 'proper' forms of writing must necessarily progress.

This beautifully illustrated book shows that the primary purpose of writing is the ability to store and transmit information, information essential to the social, economical ...
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Literacy and the Politics of Writing

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Overview



With the growth of modern information technology, it is time to re-examine the concept and purpose of writing, and question the long cherished idea that the alphabet stands at the apex of a hierarchy towards which all 'proper' forms of writing must necessarily progress.

This beautifully illustrated book shows that the primary purpose of writing is the ability to store and transmit information, information essential to the social, economical and political survival of a particular group. Writing, in whatever form, allows the individual the interact with the group, to acquire an amount of knowledge that far outweighs the scope of memory (oral traditions), and to be free to manipulate this knowledge and arrive at new conclusion.

Providing a quick and easy entrance to information related to the subject, the volume contains a network of references leading the reader towards further information, and most entries are listed with bibliographical notes.
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Gaur's background is in ethnology, philosophy, Tamil, and Hindi; she served as head of the Department of Oriental Manuscripts in the British Library. She has applied her experience to an earlier volume on the history of writing, and now undertakes the more theoretical goal of assessing the primary purpose of writing and its relation to literacy in the present, well illustrated, text. The meaning and use of writing, and its origins and culture context in many civilizations are explored, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Peru, Mesoamerica, the Indus Valley, China, Korea, and Japan. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841508818
  • Publisher: Intellect
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

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