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ABC: The Alphabetizaton of the Popular Mind by Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders

By Ivan Illich, Barry Sanders

In ABC... thinker and cultural analyst Ivan Illich and medieval pupil and literary critic Barry Sanders have produced an unique, meticulous and provocative research of the appearance, unfold and current decline of literacy. They discover he effect of the alphabet on basic concept techniques and attitudes, on reminiscence, on political groupings and religous and cultural expectancies. Their exam of the current erosion of literacy within the new technological languages of 'newspeak' and 'uniquack' they usually indicate how new attitudes to language are changing our international view our experience of self and of neighborhood.

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At the same time they were also assured of the fact that their children would not be uprooted from their cultural background. By 1971/72 nearly one-third of Anand's population consisted of students. Anand and its vicinity also became a centre for higher and technical education. In order to provide facilities for higher education to the students in the district, the Sardar Patel University came into existence in 1955. Prior to its establishment students went either to Baroda or Ahmedabad, with little or no assurance that they would be admitted to the much sought-after faculties of science, technology and agriculture.

From 1962 onwards, a large number of Patidars actively went in search of a political alternative to the Congress Party. Being a hardworking people themselves, they disliked the Congress philosophy of welfare provisions through high taxes. ( d) The Kshatriyas In all the elections in Anand it was often heard said, that a candidate had a good chance of winning if the Kshatriyas supported him, for they constituted the largest composite social group, comprising a quarter of Anand's total population.

A similar barrage of criticism was directed towards the elder Kshatriya membership by its own younger men. For a long time the Kshatriya elders had accepted a position that was subordinate to the Patidars. That was clearly unacceptable to the politically ambitious, articulate and restless younger Kshatriyas. The Patidar elders faded away from the political scene without incident. The Kshatriya elders did not. The impatience of their younger men brought into play kinship differences among their two major groups.

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