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Tools for Conviviality has ratings and 42 reviews. Sean said: Having a rather anti-professional stance myself, I was happy to come across Illich’s wo. Introduction. During the next several years I intend to work on an epilogue to the industrial age. I want to trace the changes in language, myth, ritual, and law. In Tools for Conviviality, Ivan Illich argued for people’s need to take control of the tools and processes of production that shaped their lives.

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Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Ach, what to do about all this! This book was written in but is still well out in front any ideas I have worked up to. But then look at the crazy world around us!

If ideas matter, if expression How to live together without power or dehumanizing each other? Sounds good in my book. I love Ivan Illich.

Born in Vienna inIvan Illich grew up in Europe. He studied theology, philosophy, history, and natural science. During the s he founded centers for cross-cultural communication, first in Puerto Rico and then in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


Since the late s, he has divided his time among Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Illich’s radical anarchist views first became widely known through a set of four books published during the early sDeschooling SocietyTools for ConvivialityEnergy and Equityand Medical Nemesis Tools confiviality the most general statement of Illich’s principles; the other three expand on examples sketched in Today in order to critique what he calls “radical monopolies” in the technologies of education, energy consumption, and medical treatment.

This critique applies equally to both the so-called developed and the developing nations but in convivialiyt ways. Two subsequent collections of occasional piecesToward a History of Needs and Shadow Work stress the distorting influence on society and culture of the economics of scarcity, or the presumption that economies function to remedy scarcities rather than to share goods. Toward a History of Needs also initiates a project in the history or archaeology of ideas that takes its first full-bodied shape in Gender tols, an attempt to recover social experiences of female-male complementarity that have been obscured by the modern economic regime.

H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness extends this project into a history of “stuff.


Ivan Illich

The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind carries Illich’s project forward vonviviality the area of literacy, as does his most recent book, In the Vineyard of the Text In the Mirror of the Past is a collection of occasional essays and talks from the s, linking his concerns with economics, education, history, and the new ideological meaning of life.

Illich himself is a polymath who speaks at least six languages fluently and who writes regularly in three of these English, Convivialitj, and German ; his books have been translated into more than 15 other languages.

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