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Professor Goody argues that such an approach prevents any serious discussion of th Current theories and views on the differences in the 'mind' of human societies depend very much on a dichotomy between 'advanced' and 'primitive', or between 'open' and 'closed', or between 'domesticated' and 'savage', that is to say, between one of a whole variety of 'we-they' distinctions.
Professor Goody argues that such an approach prevents any serious discussion of the mechanisms leading to long-term changes in the cognitive processes of human cultures or any adequate explanation of the changes in 'traditional' societies that are taking place in the world around us.
In this book he attempts to provide the framework for a more satisfactory explanation by relating certain broad differences in 'mentalities' to the changes in the means of communication, and specifically to the series of shifts involved in the development of writing. The argument is based upon theoretical considerations, as well as empirical evidence derived from recent fieldwork in West Africa and the study of a wide range of source material on the ancient societies of the Near East.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Jack Goody. Jack Goody. Among his main publications are Death, property and the ancestors , The myth of the Bagre and The domestication of the savag Sir John Jack Rankine Goody born 27 July is a British social anthropologist. Among his main publications are Death, property and the ancestors , The myth of the Bagre and The domestication of the savage mind.
Jack Goody explained social structure and social change primarily in terms of three major factors. The first was the development of intensive forms of agriculture that allowed for the accumulation of surplus — surplus explained many aspects of cultural practice from marriage to funerals as well as the great divide between African and Eurasian societies.
And third, he attached great weight to the technologies of communication as instruments of psychological and social change. He associated the beginnings of writing with the task of managing surplus and, in an important paper with Ian Watt Goody and Watt, , he advanced the argument that the rise of science and philosophy in classical Greece depended importantly on their invention of an efficient writing system, the alphabet.
Because these factors could be applied to either to any contemporary social system or to systematic changes over time, his work is equally relevant to many disciplines. Books by Jack Goody. Related Articles.
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