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The light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India, Francis Cody

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The light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India
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The light of knowledge
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literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India
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Francis Cody
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Language
eng
Summary
Since the early 1990s hundreds of thousands of Tamil villagers in southern India have participated in literacy lessons, science demonstrations, and other events designed to transform them into active citizens with access to state power. These efforts to spread enlightenment among the oppressed are part of a movement known as the Arivoli Iyakkam (the Enlightenment Movement), considered to be among the most successful mass literacy movements in recent history. In The Light of Knowledge, Francis Cody's ethnography of the Arivoli Iyakkam highlights the paradoxes inherent in such movements that seek to emancipate people through literacy when literacy is a power-laden social practice in its own right. The Light of Knowledge is set primarily in the rural district of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu, and it is about activism among laboring women from marginalized castes who have been particularly active as learners and volunteers in the movement. In their endeavors to remake the Tamil countryside through literacy activism, workers in the movement found that their own understanding of the politics of writing and Enlightenment was often transformed as they encountered vastly different notions of language and imaginations of social order. Indeed, while activists of the movement successfully mobilized large numbers of rural women, they did so through logics that often pushed against the very Enlightenment rationality they hoped to foster. Offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at an increasingly important area of social and political activism, The Light of Knowledge brings tools of linguistic anthropology to engage with critical social theories of the postcolonial state.--
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1976-
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Cody, Francis
Dewey number
379.24095482
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Expertise, cultures and technologies of knowledge
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  • Arivoḷi (Organization : Tamil Nadu, India)
  • Literacy programs
  • Literacy
  • Tamil Nadu (India)
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The light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India, Francis Cody
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-240) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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text
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rdacontent.
Contents
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
Control code
FIEb17601435
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xviii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780801452024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)836557537
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The light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India, Francis Cody
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
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
Control code
FIEb17601435
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xviii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780801452024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)836557537

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