The making of literate societies 191 social historians of literacy5 have identified three historical periods pre 1800 1800 1860s post 1860s and three groups of countries to discuss the history of these literacy transitions graff 1987b vincent 2000. The first examines literacy as a social practice in what have already become literate societies as this section makes clear literacy development reflects both the intrinsic structure of the society and reshapes those activities and institutions around texts and other founding documents. The making of literate societies is a superb reference book on the relationship between literacy and social development european association of anthropologists journal user contributed reviews tags add tags for the making of literate societies be the first . On societal literacy itself they make a number of points literacy takes root in societies where there is a demand for literate practices and competencies p 326 they note the various patterns of literacy development spurred by catholicism protestantism and in the muslim world. Uses case studies from literate and developing societies to look at the role of literacy in social development leads to the formulation of a statement of policy as to the directions that governments and other agencies should take in designing literacy programmes
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