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Author Goody, Jack.

Title The logic of writing and the organization of society / Jack Goody
Published Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 213 pages)
Series Studies in literacy, family, culture, and the state
Studies in literacy, family, culture, and the state.
Contents Studies in Literacy, Family, Culture and the State: an introduction -- The word of God -- The concept of 'a'/'the' religion -- Boundaries -- Change -- Obsolescence -- Incorporation or conversion -- Universalism and particularism -- Cognitive contradictions in the general and the specific -- Specialization: priests and intellectuals -- Endowment and alienation -- The twin bureaucracies -- Organizational and structural autonomony -- The Great and Little Traditions: spirit cults and world religions -- Writing and religion in Ancient Egypt -- Writing and religion in other early civilizations -- Ritual and writing -- The word of mammon -- The origin of writing and the ancient economy -- Writing and the temple economy -- Writing and the palace economy -- Writing and the mercantile economy -- Writing and individual transactions -- Writing and the economy in Africa -- The state, the bureau and the file -- Bureaucracies -- The administration of early states with writing -- Internal administration -- External administration -- The administration of states without writing -- External administration -- Internal administration -- Writing in the colonial and national administrations -- Writing and the political process -- The letter of the law -- The definition of law -- Courts, constables and codes -- Sources of law and changes of rule -- Legal reasoning -- Court organization -- Legal forms -- The expansion of writing and law in medieval England -- The letter and the spirit of the law -- Ruptures and continuities
Summary Author is particularly concerned with ancient Near East and contemporary West Africa
Analysis Social organisation Role of written communication
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-205) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Writing -- History.
Writing -- Social aspects.
Social evolution.
Civilization, Ancient.
Africa, Western -- Civilization.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511621598 (electronic bk.)
0511621590 (electronic bk.)