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The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 213

The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society

Author is particularly concerned with ancient Near East and contemporary West Africa.

The Domestication of the Savage Mind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 179

The Domestication of the Savage Mind

Professor Goody's research in West Africa resulted in finding an alternative way of thinking about 'traditional' societies.

The Development of the Family and Marriage in Europe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 308

The Development of the Family and Marriage in Europe

Around 300 A.D. European patterns of marriage and kinship were turned on their head. What had previously been the norm - marriage to close kin - became the new taboo. The same applied to adoption, the obligation of a man to marry his brother's widow and a number of other central practices. With these changes Christian Europe broke radically from its own past and established practices which diverged markedly from those of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In this highly original and far-reaching work Jack Goody argues that from the fourth century there developed in the northern Mediterranean a distinctive but not undifferentiated kinship system, whose growth can be attributed to the rol...

The East in the West
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 295

The East in the West

A provocative, wide-ranging study which challenges our assumptions about Eastern 'backwardness'.

The Interface Between the Written and the Oral
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 328

The Interface Between the Written and the Oral

Whilst the fundamental significance of the spoken language for human interaction is widely acknowledged, that of writing is less well known, and in this wide-ranging series of essays Jack Goody examines in depth the complex and often confused relationship between oral and literate modes of communication. He considers the interface between the written and the oral in three cultures or societies with and without writing, and that within the linguistic life of an individual. Specific analyses of the sequence of historical change within writing systems, the historic impact of writing upon Eurasian cultures, and the interaction between distinct oral and literate cultures in West Africa, precede an extensive concluding examination of contemporary issues in the investigation, whether sociological or psychological, of literacy. A substantial corpus of anthropological, historical and linguistic evidence is produced in support of Goody's findings, which form a natural complement to his own recently published study of The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society.

Cooking, Cuisine and Class
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 253

Cooking, Cuisine and Class

The preparation, serving and eating of food are common features of all human societies, and have been the focus of study for numerous anthropologists - from Sir James Frazer onwards - from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives. It is in the context of this previous anthropological work that Jack Goody sets his own observations on cooking in West Africa. He criticises those approaches which overlook the comparative historical dimension of culinary, and other, cultural differences that emerge in class societies, both of which elements he particularly emphasises in this book. The central question that Professor Goody addresses here is why a differentiated 'haute cuisine' has not e...

Islam in Europe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Islam in Europe

This vigorously argued book reveals the central role that Islam has played in European history. Following the movement of people, culture and religion from East to West, Goody breaks down the perceived opposition between Islam and Europe, showing Islam to be a part of Europe's past and present. In an historical analysis of religious warfare and forced migration, Goody examines our understanding of legitimate violence, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. His comparative perspective offers important and illuminating insights into current political problems and conflicts. Goody traces three routes of Islam into Europe, following the Arab through North Africa, Spain and Mediterranean Europe; the Turk through Greece and the Balkans; and the Mongol through Southern Russia to Poland and Lithuania. Each thrust made its mark on Europe in terms of population and culture. Yet this was not merely a military impact: especially in Spain, but elsewhere too, Europe was substantially modified by this contact. Today it takes the form of some eleven million immigrants, not to speak of the possible incorporation of further millions through Bosnia, Albania and Turkey.

The Theft of History
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

The Theft of History

In The Theft of History Jack Goody builds on his own previous work to extend further his highly influential critique of what he sees as the pervasive Eurocentric or occidentalist biases of so much western historical writing, and the consequent 'theft' by the West of the achievements of other cultures in the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism and love. Goody, one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists, raises questions about theorists, historians and methodology, and proposes a new comparative approach to cross-cultural analysis which allows for more scope in examining history than an East versus West style.

Food and Love
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 305

Food and Love

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1998
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  • Publisher: Verso

Describes the evolution of cuisines from both the East and West, their influence on the rest of the world, and taboos associated with certain foods and drinks.

Bridewealth and Dowry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 169

Bridewealth and Dowry

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1973-12-20
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  • Publisher: CUP Archive

In these insightful 1973 papers two leading authorities make a wide-ranging review of ideas and materials on bridewealth and dowry.