Journal Articles (Literacy.org)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1983

Publication Source

International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Volume

42

Start Page

5

Last Page

8

DOI

10.1515/ijsl.1983.42.5

Abstract

'Literacy is a remarkable term. While seeming to refer to simple individual possession of the complementary mental technologies of reading and writing, literacy is not only difficult to define in individuals and delimit within societies, but it is also charged with emotional and political meaning. It was not long ago that newspapers and scholars referred to whole societies as 'illiterate and uncivilized' as a single referent, and 'illiterate' is still a term which carries a negative connotation.

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Published in International Journal of the Sociology of Language © 1983 DeGruyter-Mouton.

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Date Posted: 25 April 2018

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