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National Literacy Campaigns

Historical and Comparative Perspectives

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We came to the task of editing this book from different disciplines and back­ grounds but with a mutuality of interest in exploring the concept of literacy campaigns in historical and comparative perspective. One of us is a professor of comparative education who has participated in and written about literacy campaigns in Third World countries, notably Nicaragua; the other is a com­ parative social historian who has written on literacy campaigns in Western his­ tory. Both of us believed that literacy could only be understood in particular As Harvey Graff has noted, "to consider any of the ways in historical contexts. which literacy intersects 'with social, political, economic, cultural, or psychological life ... requires excursions into other records.") Thus, we have set out in this edited collection to explore some five hundred years of literacy campaigns in vastly different societies: Reformation Germany, early modern Sweden and Scotland, the nineteenth-century United States, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia and the Soviet Union, pre­ Revolutionary and Revolutionary China, and a variety of Third World countries in the post-World War II period (Tanzania, Cuba, Nicaragua, and India). In addition, we have included studies of the UNESCO-sponsored Experimental World Literacy Program and recent adult literacy efforts in three industrialized Western countries (the United Kingdom, France, and the United States).

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

    Robert F. Arnove

  • School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, USA

    Harvey J. Graff

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: National Literacy Campaigns

  • Book Subtitle: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

  • Editors: Robert F. Arnove, Harvey J. Graff

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0505-5

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-306-42458-8Published: 31 July 1987

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4899-0507-9Published: 12 June 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4899-0505-5Published: 11 November 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 322

  • Topics: Literacy, International and Comparative Education, Educational Policy and Politics

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