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Ivan Illich’s Tools for Conviviality
in Mobilising classics
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Ivan Illich was in Ireland as a guest of campaigners for alternatives in education, many of whom drew inspiration from his 1971 book Deschooling Society. In the wide-ranging and heated conversation provoked by Illich's stories and opening comments, topics discussed included domestic appliances, education and professionalism. Several of his best-known books, including Tools for Conviviality, which offers thoughts on conversations that took place in the Centre for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Cold War was a crucial aspect of the context in which Illich established CIDOC. Illich emphasised that in principle 'the distinction between convivial and manipulatory tools is independent of the level of technology of the tool'. Illich suggested that fundamental values for the political control of tools are survival, justice and self-defined work.

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