By Jack Goody

Within the robbery of historical past Jack Goody builds on his personal prior paintings to increase extra his hugely influential critique of what he sees because the pervasive Eurocentric or occidentalist biases of rather a lot western ancient writing, and the ensuing 'theft' by way of the West of the achievements of different cultures within the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism and love. Goody, one of many world's so much exclusive anthropologists, increases questions about theorists, historians and method, and proposes a brand new comparative method of cross-cultural research which permits for extra scope in interpreting heritage than an East as opposed to West sort.

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Within the robbery of heritage Goody builds on his personal past paintings (notably The East within the West) to increase extra his hugely influential critique of what he sees because the pervasive Eurocentric, or Occidentalist, biases of rather a lot western old writing, and the resultant ‘theft’ through the west of the achievements of different cultures within the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism, and love. This argument will generate passionate debate, as his prior works have performed, and plenty of will dissent from Goody’s perceptive conclusions. Few, although, may be capable of forget about the strength of his idea, or the breadth of data dropped at the dialogue. The robbery of heritage discusses a few theorists intimately, together with Marx, Weber, and Norbert Elias, and engages with serious admiration western historians like Fernand Braudel, Moses Finley, and Perry Anderson. Many questions of process are raised in those discussions, and Goody proposes a brand new comparative technique for cross-cultural research, one who supplies a way more refined foundation for assessing divergent old results, and replaces superseded uncomplicated transformations among, for instance, the ‘backward East’ and the ‘inventive West’. Historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and cultural critics will all locate anything of actual worth within the robbery of background. it will likely be a catalyst for dialogue of a few of crucial conceptual matters confronting western historians this day, at a time whilst notions of ‘global heritage’ are filtering into the old mainstream for the 1st time.      is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology within the college of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s university. lately knighted through Her Majesty The Queen for companies to anthropology, Professor Goody has researched and taught world wide, is a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 1980 used to be made a international Honorary Member of the yankee Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 he was once elected to the nationwide Academy of Sciences and he used to be elected Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in 2006. The robbery of heritage Jack Goody cambridge college press Cambridge, long island, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape city, Singapore, São Paulo Cambridge collage Press The Edinburgh construction, Cambridge cb2 2ru, united kingdom released within the u . s . a . by way of Cambridge college Press, ny www. cambridge. org details in this identify: www. cambridge. org/9780521870696 © Jack Goody 2006 This booklet is in copyright. topic to statutory exception and to the availability of appropriate collective licensing agreements, no copy of any half could ensue with no the written permission of Cambridge collage Press. First released in print structure 2006 isbn-13 isbn-10 978-0-511-26039-1 booklet (EBL) 0-511-26039-3 e-book (EBL) isbn-13 isbn-10 978-0-521-87069-6 hardback 0-521-87069-0 hardback isbn-13 isbn-10 978-0-521-69105-5paperback 0-521-69105-2 paperback Cambridge college Press has no accountability for the endurance or accuracy of urls for exterior or third-party web web content stated during this book, and doesn't ensure that any content material on such web pages is, or will stay, actual or acceptable.

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