vernacular activities

The Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich is best known for his book Tools for Conviviality (1973).

Illich used the word vernacular’ to name all the activities by which men and women engage in convivial forms-of-life. Vernacular activities reduce dependence on commodities sold by corporations, services hawked by professionals, donations handed out by NGOs, and public goods offered by the state.


Thinking after Ivan Illich is a website dedicated to the work of Illich, and the site’s vernacular corner catalogues these kinds of dependence reducing activities.

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