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On Being a “Thumbprint”: Time and Space in Arivoli Activism

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores how activism works to produce senses of time and place among activists and villagers in the Arivoli Iyakkam. It focuses on ideological conflicts ensuing from a pedagogical ... More


Feminizing Enlightenment: The Social and Reciprocal Agency

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter pursues the seemingly much more basic questions of how women were targeted in activism and why it is that women participated in programs like the Arivoli Iyakkam in the first place. It ... More


Search for a Method: The Media of Enlightenment

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores how the search to develop a new social function for literature in the people's reading movement speaks to broad questions about the mediating roles of literary genre, ... More


Labors of Objectification: Words and Worlds of Pedagogy

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the specific pedagogical means by which literacy lessons attempted to extract subjects from their everyday orientations to the world. It also considers some of the problems ... More


Introduction: Of Light, Literacy, and Knowledge in the Tamil Countryside

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. The Arivoli Iyakkam, the “Light of Knowledge,” or “Enlightenment,” is a social movement in rural India which sought to make ... More


Epilogue: Reflections on a Time of Charismatic Enlightenment

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This epilogue presents some reflections about the Arivoli Iyakkam. It argues that the Arivoli Iyakkam was a charismatic Enlightenment project because the movement was able to articulate the ... More


Subject to Citizenship: Petitions and the Performativity of Signature

Francis Cody

in The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452024
eISBN:
9780801469022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452024.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Petitioning the state became an act of citizenship for Arivoli Iyakkam activists and their followers in a place where such appeals have long been understood in terms of subjection and even servitude. ... More


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