ABC has 56 ratings and 5 reviews. Ben said: ABC is a beautiful, sweeping text on the deep changes in self, memory, imagination, and law that accompanied. by IVAN ILLICH and BARRY SANDERS. NG ISTORY REMAINS a strict discipline only when it stops short, in its description, of the nonverbal past. The. ABC: the alphabetization of the popular mind / by Ivan Illich and Barry Sanders Summary: In ABC philosopher and cultural analyst Ivan Illich and medieval.

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Andrew Doyle rated it it was amazing Oct 26, I’d give this ab 5 stars for provoking startling examinations of how I had thought about a lot of stuff.

Wikipedia in English None. However, I find the idea that literacy allowed people to invent the self and memory as implausible as Bloom’s theory that Shakespeare’s works created the sense of self. CD Audiobook 0 editions. He studied theology, philosophy, history, and natural science. Illich’s radical anarchist views first became widely known through a set of four if published during the early sDeschooling SocietyTools for ConvivialityEnergy and Equityand Medical Nemesis Tools is the most general statement of Illich’s principles; the other three expand on alphabeization sketched in Today in order to critique what he calls “radical monopolies” in the technologies of education, energy consumption, and medical treatment.

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Holly rated it it was amazing Alohabetization 24, Nate rated it really liked it Jan 11, Nov 09, Sally rated it it was ok Shelves: Written in an absolute tone that I found off putting, still the authors have interesting things to say about attitudes toward language and the self in oral and literate societies. Sevan rated it it was ok Mar 22, My library Help Alphabetiation Book Search.


As a result, all language is becoming debased. Jarryd Gennarakis rated it really liked it Jul 10, Books by Ivan Illich. Mar 16, Ben rated it it was amazing Alphabetizxtion it for: Katherine rated it liked it Apr 25, Adam rated it really liked it Dec 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind by Ivan Illich

Please provide an email address. The authors argue that the relation that has bound speaker to speech and made discourse whole and meaningful disintegrated with the invention of the alphabet, leaving streams of separate words Illich himself is a polymath who speaks at alphsbetization six languages fluently and who writes regularly in three of these English, Spanish, and German ; his books have been translated into more than 15 other languages.

To ask other readers questions about ABCplease sign up. Toward a History of Needs also initiates a project in the history or archaeology of jllich that takes its first full-bodied shape in Genderan attempt to recover social experiences of female-male complementarity that have been obscured by the modern economic regime.


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The authors argue that there is a phenomenon transforming modern culture–language is becoming part of a technology of “information systems” with populzr emphasis on control, rather than human exchange.

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The authors also argue that our image of self was made in the image of the text–as memory, biography, material to be shaped in the manner of Rousseau’s Confessions. Paul Sparks rated it really liked it Jan 04, Illich always does that for me but it does drag in places, so 4 it gets. Biggles rated it really liked it Sep 01, Oct 15, Josh rated it really liked it.

Daniel Klotz rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Lists with This Book. An intense examination of the effects of technology on literacy and language. As a result, all language Gary Allen rated it it was amazing Sep 07, You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.

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