The Unconscious readers

Analysis of the reading practices in the working classes : the most common practices refer to the rightful culture, which is provided by the School and the workers' associations (the self-taught man and the militant worker). Other reading practices, not perceived as such, refer to values peculiar to the popular culture : development of non-written signs (markers and images) ; enhancement of the belonging to the group - therefore primacy of the social contact and preference for oral or collective reading ; enhancement of the productive work - therefore technical readings related to the profession ; also enhancement of the leisure reading, according to the social status - newspapers for men and novels for women. Reading is not an usual cultural practice. Its role can be symbolic as well as social or practical.