Literacy and the Politics of Writing by Albertine Gaur

By Albertine Gaur

With the expansion of contemporary details know-how, it's time to reconsider the idea that and function of writing, and query the lengthy adored concept that the alphabet stands on the apex of a hierarchy in the direction of which all right different types of writing needs to inevitably development. This publication exhibits that the first goal of writing is the power to shop and transmit info, info necessary to the social, affordable and political survival of a selected crew. Writing, in no matter what shape, permits the person the have interaction with the gang, to obtain an quantity of information that some distance outweighs the scope of reminiscence (oral traditions), and to be loose to control this information and arrive at new end.

Providing a brief and straightforward front to details relating to the topic, the amount incorporates a community of references prime the reader in the direction of extra details, and such a lot entries are indexed with bibliographical notes.

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Did under certain circumstances quipus also contain some form of memory aid related to ritual and historical events? Opinions are divided. Quipus have been found in Inca graves which, at one point, encouraged speculation that their purpose may not have been purely statistical but that, under certain circumstances, they also contained magical combinations of numbers (Danzel, 1912). Since any strictly controlled administration depends on laws, and the enforcement of laws, it is possible that quipus were also used to record laws (Bankes, 1977), together with other information relevant to administration.

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Marked beans did however almost certainly constitute a well-understood system of information storage. Like quipus, they have also been found in Moche graves — which opens possibilities for further speculation. 47 Literacy and the Politics of Writing This leaves us with another interesting question. How far did pictures (the second most stable component in the area of information storage) play a part in the country we now know as Peru? Incidentally, the name Peru itself is based, rather like Bishop Landa’s Maya ‘alphabet’, on a basic misunderstanding.

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