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Author Cody, Francis, 1976-
Title The Light of knowledge : literacy activism and the politics of writing in South India / Francis Cody.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.

Series Expertise : Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge
Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Subject Arivoḷi (Organization : Tamil Nadu, India)
Literacy programs -- India -- Tamil Nadu.
Literacy -- Political aspects -- India -- Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu (India) -- Rural conditions.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary Cowinner of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology's Edward Sapir Book Prize Since the early 1990s hundreds of thousands of Tamil villagers in southern India have participated in literacy lessons and other events designed to transform them into active citizens with access to state power. These efforts are part of a movement known as the Arivoli Iyakkam (the Enlightenment Movement), one of the most successful mass literacy movements in recent history. This rich ethnographic account of highlights the paradoxes inherent in such movements that seek to emancipate people through literacy.
Note In English.
Print version record.
ISBN 0801469023 (electronic bk.)
9780801469022 (electronic bk.)
0801452023 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780801452024 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7591/9780801469022
OCLC # 864276484
Additional Format Print version: Cody, Francis, 1976- Light of knowledge. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013 9780801452024 (DLC) 2013009771 (OCoLC)836557537