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The Domestication of the Savage Mind (Themes in the Social Sciences)

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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.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Provides a framework for explaining long-term changes in the cognitive processes of human cultures and `traditional' society taking place in the world around us.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures; Preface; 1. Evolution and communication; 2. Intellectuals in pre-literate societies?; 3. Literacy, criticism and the growth of knowledge; 4. Literacy and classification: on turning the tables; 5. What's in a list?; 6. Following a formula; 7. The recipe, the prescription and the experiment; 8. The Grand Dichotomy reconsidered; Notes to the text; References; List of abbreviations; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521292429
Editor:
Goody, Jack
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Hawthorn, Geoffrey
Author:
Dunn, John
Author:
Goody, Jack
Location:
Cambridge Eng. ;
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Cognition
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
Subject:
Ethnophilosophy
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Themes in the Social Sciences
Series Volume:
500-8.
Publication Date:
19771231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.00x6.10x.52 in. .64 lbs.

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