“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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Literacy, like communication, is a matter of access, a matter of opportunity, a matter of economic security--a total matter...
The violence of literacy is the violence of the milieu it comes from, promises, recapitulates. It is attached inextricably to the world of food, shelter, and human equality. When literacy harbors violence, the society harbors violence. To elucidate the violence of literacy is to understand the distance it forces between people and possibilities in their lives. To see this is to see how daily work proceeds, one worker related to another, axes of literacy drawing structures of alienation (94).
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