Literacy Skills as Local Intangible Capital — The History of a Rural Lending Library c. 1860 - 1920

Kotilainen, Sofia
Title: Literacy Skills as Local Intangible Capital — The History of a Rural Lending Library c. 1860 - 1920
Authors: Kotilainen, Sofia (Author)
Product number: 9789522227393
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1391391
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica Historica 21
Edition: 2016
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 368
Product family: History
Studia Fennica Historica
Books in English
Finnish library classification: 92.8 Suomen historia, paikallishistoria
YSO - General Finnish ontology: kirjastohistoria, kirjastot, maaseutu, kylät, kansanvalistus, kirkon kasvatustoiminta, kansallisuusaate, fennomania, kirjastonhoito, lukutaito, historia
Key words: Lending systems, Literacy, countryside, libraries
This book studies the "grey area" of the success story of rural lending libraries in the Nordic countries through the activities of people's libraries in one area of Central Finland, in the parish of Kivijärvi and its neighbouring parishes. The study explores the influence of social, cultural, geographical and economic phenomena, such as the spread of revivalist movements, on the reading habits of the local population and reveals interesting reasons why the establishment of elementary schools and popular libraries and the growth of functional literacy did not automatically increase the informational capital of the common people of remote regions or lead to their social advancement.

The combination of collective biographical and (transnational) comparative methods with rarely utilized original sources in this study is innovative and has not been used before in Finnish historical research on functional literacy and popular libraries.
This book is primarily intended for academic professionals, but it can also be used as a university textbook.