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Book Review
By
Valerie Persinger
Author: Archie L, Dick
Title: The Hidden History of South Afica’s Book and Reading Cultures Publication Data:
The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Cultures Author: Dick Archie
Format:  Hardcover, 196 pages
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9781442642898
ISBN-10: 1442642890
Biographical Data for Writer:
Archie L. Dick is a professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Pretoria in the Republic of South Africa. He holds undergraduate degrees in library and information science from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington in Seattle; and a doctorate from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has published articles on the intellectual and historical aspects of library and information science, and he is currently working on a research project dealing with the politics of the regulation of reading in South Africa.

Synopsis of Work:
The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Cultures shows how the common practice of reading can illuminate the social and political history of a culture. This ground breaking study reveals resistance strategies in the reading and writing practicies of South Africans; strategies that have been hidden until now for political reasons relating to the country’s liberation struggles. By looking to record from a slave lodge, women’s associations, army education units, universities, courts, libraries, prison departments, and political groups, Archis Dick exposes the key works of fiction and non fiction, magazines, and newspapers that were read and discussed by political activists and prisoners. Uncovering the book and library schemes that elites used to regulate reading, Dick exposes incidences of intellectual fraud, book theft, censorship, and book burning. Through this innovative methodology, Dick aptly shows...
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