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Goody, Jack

Works: 416 works in 1,756 publications in 8 languages and 31,742 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Cookbooks  Biography  Interviews  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler, Honoree, win, Other, Commentator, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Composer, pre, Contributor
Classifications: GN480, 333.3234094
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Most widely held works by Jack Goody
Comparative studies in kinship by Jack Goody( )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Against the background of the problems involved in the comparative study of human society, the essays in this book show the comparative ideal in practice, which combines elements from both sociology and anthropology. In each essay, specific problems are treated in a way which tests theory against evidence, to replace assertion by demonstration. Topics covered include: · Incest and Adultery · Double descent systems · Inheritance, social change and the boundary problem · Marriage policy · The circulation of women and children in northern Ghana · Indo-European ki
The development of the family and marriage in Europe by Jack Goody( Book )

71 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 role of the Church in acquiring property formerly held by domestic groups. He suggests that the early Church, faced with the need to provide for people who had left their kin to devote themselves to the life of the Church, regulated the rules of marriage so that wealth could be channelled away from the family and into the Church. Thus the Church became an 'interitor', acquiring vast tracts of property through the alienation of familial rights. At the same time, the structure of domestic life was changed dramatically, the Church placing more emphasis on individual wishes, on conjugality, and on spiritual rather than natural kinship. Tracing the consequences of this change through to the present day, Jack Goody challenges some fundamental assumptions about the making of western society, and provides an alternative focus for future study of the European family, kinship structures and marriage patterns. The questions he raises will provoke much interest and discussion amongst anthropologists, sociologists and historians
The power of the written tradition by Jack Goody( )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The logic of writing and the organization of society by Jack Goody( Book )

58 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book assesses the impact of writing on human societies, both in the Ancient Near East and in contemporary Africa, and highlights some general features of social systems that have been influenced by this major change in the mode of communication. Such features are central to any attempt at the theoretical definition of human society and such constituent phenomena as religious and legal systems, and in this study Professor Goody explores the role of a specific mechanism, the introduction of writing and the development of a written tradition, in the explanation of some important social differences and similarities. Goody argues that a shift of emphasis from productive to certain communicative processes is essential to account adequately for major changes in human societies. Whilst there have been previous descussions of the effect of literacy upon social organisation, no study has hitherto presented the general synthesis developed here. -- Back cover
The theft of history by Jack Goody( Book )

40 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor 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. Goody also examines the consequent 'theft' by the West of the achievements of other cultures in the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism, and love. The Theft of History discusses a number of theorists in detail, including Marx, Weber and Norbert Elias, and engages with critical admiration western historians like Fernand Braudel, Moses Finlay and Perry Anderson. Major questions of method are raised, and Goody proposes a new comparative methodology for cross-cultural analysis, one that gives a much more sophisticated basis for assessing divergent historical outcomes, and replaces outmoded simple differences between East and West. The Theft of History will be read by an unusually wide audience of historians, anthropologists and social theorists. -- Publisher description from (Oct. 18, 2011)
The domestication of the savage mind by Jack Goody( Book )

65 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution and communication - Intellectuals in pre-literate societies? - Literacy, criticism and the growth of knowledge - Literacy and classification : un turning the tables - What's in a list? - Following a formula - The recipe, the prescription and the experiment - The grand dichotomy reconsidered
Death, property and the ancestors; a study of the mortuary customs of the LoDagaa of West Africa by Jack Goody( Book )

36 editions published between 1962 and 2006 in English and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family and inheritance : rural society in Western Europe, 1200-1800 by Jack Goody( Book )

37 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This pioneering book examines different aspects of the inheritance customs in rural Western Europe in the pre-industrial age: for families and whole societies, the roles of lawyers in reducing them to a common system, and the recurring debate on the merits of various inheritance customs in shaping particular kinds of society. At first sight the study of inheritance customs may appear to be a dull affair, concerned with outdated practices of hair-splitting lawyers; certainly, little academic interest has been shown in the subject. Yet inheritance customs are vital means for the reproduction of the social system, by the transmission of property and other rights through the family. Various family structures and social arrangements are linked by different means of inheritance. This book will interest a wide range of historians, students, postgraduates and teachers alike, whether they are concerned with social, economic, demographic or legal history, in the medieval, early modern or modern periods, and whether their interests are directed to England or other countries of Western Europe; it will also be valuable to social anthropologists, sociologists and historians of ideas. A comprehensive glossary of technical terms has been added for the non-specialist
The Character of kinship by Jack Goody( Book )

36 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of specially commissioned essays dealing with general aspects of kinship, family and marriage from an anthropological point of view, that is, considering the total range of human societies. In his editorial introduction, Jack Goody explains that his aim has been to provide 'essays dealing with general themes rather than ethnographic conundrums or descriptive minutiae' in the hope of achieving 're-consideration of some central problem areas including those examined by an earlier generation of anthropologists and still raised by scholars outside the discipline itself'. Individual essays cover problems such as the nature of kinship and the family; why monogamy?; intermarriage and the creation of castes"--From publisher description
The East in the West by Jack Goody( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The East in the West reassesses Western views of Asia. Traditionally many European historians and theorists have seen the societies of the East as 'static' or 'backward'. Jack Goody challenges these assumptions, beginning with the notion of a special Western rationality which enabled 'us' and not 'them' to modernise. He then turns to book-keeping, which several social and economic historians have seen as intrinsic to capitalism, arguing that there was in fact little difference between East and West in terms of mercantile activity. Other factors said to inhibit the East's development, such as the family and forms of labour, have also been greatly exaggerated. This Eurocentrism both fails to explain the current achievements of the East, and misunderstands Western history. The East in the West starts to redress the balance, and so marks a fundamental shift in our view of Western and Eastern history and society. -- Publisher description from (Oct. 14, 2011)
Literacy in traditional societies by Jack Goody( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The importance of writing as a means of communication in a society formerly without it, or where writing has been confined to particular groups, is enormous. It objectifies speech, provides language with a material correlative, and in this material form speech can be transmitted over space and preserved over time. In this book the contributors discuss cultures at different levels of sophistication and literacy and examine the importance of writing on the development of these societies. All the articles except the first were specially written for this book and the extensive introduction unites and synthesizes the material. -- Back cover
The culture of flowers by Jack Goody( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jack Goody's new book takes as its theme the symbolic and transactional uses of flowers. He begins his study by asking why there are so few uses of flowers in Africa, either domesticated or wild, either in reality or in representation, and goes on to initiate a world-wide enquiry into the place of flowers in secular life and religious ritual from ancient Egypt to modern times. He links the use of flowers to the rise of advanced systems of agriculture, the growth of social stratification and the spread of luxury goods, looking at the history of aesthetic horticulture in Europe and Asia. Other themes that emerge are the role of written texts in building up a culture of flowers; the importance of trade and communications in disseminating and transforming attitudes to flowers; the rejection on puritanical grounds of flowers and their artistic representation; and the multiplicity of meanings which flowers possess." "A particular feature of the book is its analysis of the role of flowers in the Far East and of the aesthetic and political implications of flowers in China during the cultural revolution. The conclusion returns to earlier themes of long-term developments in cultural history, treating uses of flowers in the context of theology and ideology as well as of processes of production and systems of 'class'." "Written from a broad temporal and geographical perspective, this wide-ranging book will appeal not only to anthropologists and social historians but also to anyone interested in flowers and their symbolic function across the centuries."--Jacket
The interface between the written and the oral by Jack Goody( Book )

46 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. -- Back cover
The oriental, the ancient, and the primitive : systems of marriage and the family in the pre-industrial societies of Eurasia by Jack Goody( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Oriental, the Ancient and the Primitive one of the world's most foremost anthropologists looks in depth at kinship practice in Asia, and continues the comparative survey of pre-industrial family formation undertaken in The Development of Family and Marriage in Europe (1983) and elsewhere. Professor Goody's findings cause him to question many traditional assumptions about the 'primitive' east, and he suggests that, in contrast to pre-colonial Africa, kinship practice in Asia has much in common with that prevailing in parts of pre-industrial Europe. Goody examines the transmission of productive and other property in relation both to the prevailing political economy and to family and ideological structures, and then explores the distribution of mechanisms and strategies of management across cultures. He concludes that notions of western 'uniqueness' are often misplaced, and that much previous work on Asian kinship has been unwittingly distorted by the application of concepts and approaches derived from other, inappropriate, social formations, simple or post-industrial
Production and reproduction : a comparative study of the domestic domain by Jack Goody( Book )

37 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an attempt to see the development of domestic institutions, the family, marriage, conjugal roles, in relation to changes in the mode of productive activity, and specifically with the change from hoe to plough agriculture. These differences are related to societies in Africa on the one hand, and in Asia and Europe on the other. The author tries to do this in two ways. He compares information derived from a range of human societies, historical as well as contemporary, employing the impressionistic techniques of the social scientist and comparative historian. But in addition, he has tried to make systematic use of material on a range of world societies, coded in the Ethnographic Atlas. In the main chapters of the book, the author examines general features of the network of traditional social roles found in these two continental areas of the Old World. He discusses the reasons why Europe and Asia should stress marriage within the social group, monogamous unions as well as the roles of concubine, step-parent, spinster and adopted child, whereas in Africa, the emphasis is on marriage outside the group, polygyny and co-wives. Similar differences emerge in a range of other features, including the division of labour by sex. Behind all these lie differences in the systems of agriculture and the nature of the social hierarchies which they support. Professor Goody is firmly committed to the idea that the social sciences have no alternative but to be comparative and explicitly historical if they are to contribute to the serious causal analysis of fundamental features of social organisation and development. His broad and ambitious book will appeal to anyone with a professional interest in social sciences - historians, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and economists"--Publisher description
The developmental cycle in domestic groups by Jack Goody( Book )

51 editions published between 1958 and 1978 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cooking, cuisine, and class : a study in comparative sociology by Jack Goody( Book )

47 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 emerged in Africa, as it has in other parts of the world. His account of cooking in West Africa is followed by a survey of the culinary practices of the major Eurasian societies throughout history - ranging from Ancient Egypt, Imperial Rome and medieval China to early modern Europe - in which he relates the differences in food preparation and consumption emerging in these societies to differences in their socio-economic structures, specifically in modes of production and communication. He concludes with an examination of the world-wide rise of 'industrial food' and its impact on Third World societies, showing that the ability of the latter to resist cultural domination in food, as in other things, is related to the nature of their pre-existing socio-economic structures. The arguments presented here will interest all social scientists and historians concerned with cultural history and social theory. -- Back cover
Technology, tradition, and the state in Africa by Jack Goody( Book )

48 editions published between 1962 and 2018 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bridewealth and dowry by Jack Goody( Book )

20 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islam in Europe by Jack Goody( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This 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 a historical analysis of religious warfare and forced migration, the author examines our understanding of legitimate violence, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. His comparative perspective offers important and illuminating insights into current political problems and conflicts."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Goody, J.

Goody, J. 1919-2015

Goody, J. R.

Goody, J. R. 1919-2015

Goody, Jack

Goody, Jack R.

Goody, Jack R. 1919-2015

Goody, Jack Rankine.

Goody, Jack Rankine 1919-2015

Goody, John R. 1919-

Goody, John R. 1919-2015

Goody , John Rankine

Goody, John Rankine 1919-

Goody John Rankine 1919-2015

Jack Goody anthropologue britannique

Jack Goody antropologo britannico

Jack Goody britischer Ethnologie, Anthropologe und Medientheoretiker

Jack Goody Brits antropoloog (1919-2015)

Jack R. Goody

Rankine-Goody, J 1919-2015

Rankine Goody, Jack 1919-2015

Rankine-Goody, John 1919-2015

Гуди, Джек

ג'ק גודי

جاك غودي، 1919-

구디, 잭 1919-2015

グッディ, ジャック

グディ, J



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The development of the family and marriage in EuropeThe power of the written traditionThe logic of writing and the organization of societyThe theft of historyThe domestication of the savage mindDeath, property and the ancestors; a study of the mortuary customs of the LoDagaa of West AfricaFamily and inheritance : rural society in Western Europe, 1200-1800The Character of kinship