Gives an image of the reading debate
Alarming reports on reduced reading and impaired reading abilities; this is what today’s political debate on reading is about. Now researchers are making a historical look back on the debate on reading, reading habits, and reading skills, hoping that the results will lead to a more nuanced societal debate.
The reading citizen has long been a central object in educational as well as cultural policy. Since reading is regarded as a solution to several societal interests, how, when, and what is being read is of political interest. Promoting reading as well as preventing certain types of reading have been and still are an important political tool for making citizens more productive and democratic, and for creating a sense of national community.