Tools for Conviviality [Ivan Illich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A work of seminal importance, this book presents Ivan Illich’s penetrating. Tools for Conviviality has ratings and 42 reviews. Sean said: Having a rather anti-professional stance myself, I was happy to come across Illich’s wo. Introduction. During the next several years I intend to work on an epilogue to the industrial age. I want to trace the changes in language, myth, ritual, and law.

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He uses the term “Engineering obsolescence” to show how the modern world produces men for the sake of tools once the tools become obsolete the corresponding men also fools obsolete and outdated. If you are interested in science and technology studies, this is pretty cool, from a historical standpoint, anyway. Marion Boyars Publishers Inas a twenty-six-year-old man newly arrived in New York, I went to a public debate.

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Apr 13, Daniel Seifert rated it really liked it Shelves: Illich says that the presence of Ilich “do-gooders” is causing more harm than good. Jeff Sturges, the founder of the Mt Elliott Makerspace in Detroit, used Tools for Conviviality as a conceptual framework for designing his makerspace.

Ivan Illich on tools that support conviviality

Just because the modern world is specialized, I see no reason not to look to the way thi When everyone was a farmer, you simply could not find yourself in your particular line of work. So are the cost and discrimination in professionalism.

Also rolled my eyes at a “contraception leads to mass murdering” argument. Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West.

Ivan Illich

Furthermore, one can stop evaluating others toos their momentary property, beauty, and reputation, but by their true person as well. It was a groundbreaking critique of compulsory mass education. As radical as Illich is or is known to be I found his views almost conservative in this book. If you are not, you will probably be disoriented – as I was – by Illich’s occasional casual remarks to the effect that he thinks Mao is doing a great job in China and maybe one day the United Convivialigy will follow his lead.


To ask other readers questions about Tools for Convivialityplease sign up. It would be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the convivialihy of present schools. To continuously examine this balance, Illich constructed an analytical framework that identified the need for a universal language to discuss knowledge production from multiple perspectives.

House of Anansi Press. It is damned worth your time.

Apr 18, Bryan Kibbe rated it really liked it. His real intent was to document the participation of the Vatican in the “modern development” of the so-called Third World. I would not have suspected that within three of four years we would be good friends and that during the last part of his life he would spend considerable time with me in Cuernavaca. Sounds good in my book. Technology mentioned here is not something so advance like computers or smart phones. Ivan Illich in Conversation.

In many respects Illich anticipates Langdon Winner’s superb point that the specific design of technologies precipitates distinctive forms of political relationship i.

Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

So the modern world and what he call us “impovershing wealth” with its tools takes away vital skills of the men by creating a radical monopoly with its tools,by means of the radical monopoly it creates a modernized poverty where the present is always robbed for the better future.

I’m not on board with his desires for non-voluntary population reduction If I followed him correctly and I’m slightly skeptical that his critique of capitalism is so powerful as to make me want to join his convivial revolution.

In the s and beyond, Illich traveled extensively, mainly splitting his time between the United States, Mexico, and Germany. Profiles in Catholic Radicalism. Illich, a catholic priest, anarchist, and general social critic, correctly identifies that our machines possess us perhaps somewhat like a demon requiring exorcismand not the other way around as we commonly believe.


This essay takes a critical look at many large systems and structures that we take for granted.

In the Mirror of the Past is a collection of occasional essays and talks from the s, linking his concerns with economics, education, history, and the new ideological meaning of life. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. It is one of cobviviality most brilliant book i have ever read in recent time. Even the better parts of the book were pretty pedantic; easy to declare something, but harder to dig into the root of the problem and offer a roadmap to a solution.

The book can also be seen to have significant relevancy with the tinkering and maker movements through its emphasis on tools and making. Friendships can be entered into, perhaps for the first time. Kernels of insight buried in piles of manure An interesting look back at utopian socialism.

The last sentence makes clear what the title suggests—that the institutionalization of education tends towards the institutionalization of society and that ideas for de-institutionalizing education may be a starting ivaan for a de-institutionalized society. The one soul we all are manifests itself and allows for a bond of mutual respect and love, patience for real faults, persistence in helping each other overcome then, and a developing — not of a false identity, pushing each other to greater delusion, but of a real identity, where both become the truest persons they could ever be.