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The Domestication of the Savage Mind : Themes in the Social Sciences - Jack Goody

The Domestication of the Savage Mind

Themes in the Social Sciences

By: Jack Goody, Geoffrey Hawthorn (Editor), John Dunn (Editor)

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Published: 23rd January 1978
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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.

List of tables and figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Evolution and communicationp. 1
Intellectuals in pre-literate societies?p. 19
Literacy, criticism and the growth of knowledgep. 36
Literacy and classification: on turning the tablesp. 52
What's in a list?p. 74
Following a formulap. 112
The recipe, the prescription and the experimentp. 129
The Grand Dichotomy reconsideredp. 146
Notes to the textp. 163
Referencesp. 168
List of abbreviationsp. 174
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780521292429
ISBN-10: 0521292425
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd January 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29