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date: 24 May 2019

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Publishing reflects society, but can also influence society, because textual products fit into the wider economic, political, and cultural context. Publishing also varies according to its particular social setting: it is affected by diversity and demographics. Debates around education, language and culture all overlap with publishing. The industry cannot be separated from issues of identity, because books reflect social values and perceptions, and are thus linked to issues of gender, class, race (among other categories), and national identity. Published products thus sometimes reflect inequalities and may be used to entrench the interests of powerful groups, including governments.

Keywords: Society, social context, diversity, gender, nationalism, censorship

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