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Literacy and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens [9780521128766]

  • "Introduction Background, concepts and issues In a collective volume under the title Literacy: Interdisciplinary Conversations1 various new literacies - visual literacy, mathematical literacy, media literacy, computer literacy - appear as additions to the traditional definition of literacy, that is, 'the ability to read and write' (OED). In the same year (1994) another collective volume, focusing on ancient systems of communication in the New World, was published under the title Writing without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes. The traditional distinction between writing, on the one hand, and symbol systems or iconography, on the other, was strongly denounced, while it was underlined that 'speech may be the most efficient mannerof communicating many things, but it is noticeably deficient in conveying ideas of a musical, mathematical, or visual nature, for example'.2 Quite evidently, complications abound in defining literacy,3 and in placing it in the cultural and cognitive development of human beings"--
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