Re-counting 'illiteracy': literacy skills in the sociology of social inequality.

  • Geoff Payne
  • Published 2006 in The British journal of sociology


Recent media reports have repeated claims that there are very large numbers of illiterate people in Britain, seven million adults being the most common figure. The moral panic this engendered has helped to justify educational initiatives and greater public spending on basic skills. However, a closer investigation of definitions and measurements of… (More)


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