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Before the Shining PathPolitics in Rural Ayacucho, 1895–1980$
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Jaymie Heilman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770941

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770941.001.0001

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When the Ink Dries

When the Ink Dries

The Politics of Literacy in Midcentury Ayacucho

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(p.96) Chapter Four When the Ink Dries
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Before the Shining Path
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770941.003.0005

This chapter examines the history of the politics of literacy in Ayacucho, Peru, in the 1950s. It suggests that literacy politics was at the very center of rural political life and describes the experiences of the local residents of Carhuanca related to education. It argues that while the Carhuanquinos struggled for better schools and better teachers they also felt a palpable anger toward the educated because they believed that they were unfairly victimized by tinterillos and unduly subjected to varayoc duties on the grounds of illiteracy.

Keywords:   politics of literacy, Ayacuho, Peru, rural political life, education, tinterillos, illiteracy

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