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The Reading Class

Wendy Griswold

in Regionalism and the Reading Class

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309224
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309262.003.0003
The Reading Class

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Today, the prospects for reading are not bright. Most people in advanced industrial and post-industrial countries are not and will not be readers. Although they read for work and for information, routinely and matter-of-factly, they entertain themselves with electronic media. Only a few get lost in a book, turn to newspapers for news and magazines for leisure, and are called “readers” by their family and friends. These few constitute the reading class. To understand the prospects for regionalism requires taking a close look at reading and readers. This chapter assesses where reading currently stands and where it is headed.

Keywords: readers; reading class; regionalism; reading

Chapter.  11872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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